They sell a protein scoop that might work on it. Haven't looked at it though personally... one more thing to buy really - yeesh! I dunno, what kind of substrate are you using? Maybe that, or the tank itself needs a really thorough rinsing in hot water.
Plants? Me and plants do not do terribly well together either, but yeah the ferns float. Anubias and Water Sprites I've had decent luck with. Actually, saved some of the WS taking it out of the pot and just letting it do it's thing. My guy loves it like that (builds bubble nests off of it) ... gotta find some more. Wisteria too I believe.
Last edited by craiger75; 07-15-2012 at 11:50 AM.