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Thanks, I'll look into a couple shrimps. Going to the pet store tomorrow to look at more possible plants to add...... :)

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Thanks, I'll look into a couple shrimps. Going to the pet store tomorrow to look at more possible plants to add...... :)
I swear by Amano Shrimp. They are larger than RCS, and to me, seem faster as well. My bettas never mess with them. They just ignore them.
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I have a full lid, so hopefully they won't be escaping. :)

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I have a full lid, so hopefully they won't be escaping. :)
I have a soft sponge material that I just cut and shoved in the holes where the heater cord and airline tube go in the tank so there is no gap.
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Lilyth88 - good to know (about the chemical algae remover), and I will return it tomorrow. I didn't WANT to use it anyway. :/ Thanks!

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Lilyth88 - good to know (about the chemical algae remover), and I will return it tomorrow. I didn't WANT to use it anyway. :/ Thanks!
It's a fine idea with fake plants, but with real plants it's rather counterproductive.
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If it's brown algae (like dust), those are diatoms and are common in newly set up tanks. They feed off of silicates so they may linger if your water naturally has high levels of silicates. They usually disappear after a few weeks to a few months. I find standard ramshorn snails are the most effective at reducing diatoms and can be easily controlled in population, and removed easy if they become too numerous. They are relatively slow breeders though, and don't overbreed unless there is too much feeding going on.
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