I have a bit of 'string algae' (not sure of the exact species but it's like a very pale green hairy substance in a 7cm wide clump floating around), no problem really as I can just remove it but the issue I'm having is that lots of my baby snails have made it their home. I'm not particularly good with my fingers and wouldn't be confident in removing the baby snails successfully so I'm wondering if any of you have any advice as to how I can proceed.
The algae was found in a 7.5gal tank packed with live plants, 12 hour photoperiod, stocked with a single mate betta spledens, an assassin snail and a multitude of snails (bladder, Malaysian trumpet, ramshorn) and lots of microorganisms. It receives fertilizers in the form of a daily product known as Ferropol24 (manufactured by JBL). 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, about 10ppm nitrate. Not sure of pH. It has been moved to my 3.5gal tank.
The algae started showing itself after some plants were added so I'm going to assume that that is how it got into the tank. I have no other algae issues at all.
I have briefly wondered if string algae would actually be beneficial to a red cherry shrimp tank to serve as cover but really I don't know if that is wise. Any advice regarding this would be appreciated. I'll likely just get a bunch of different mosses but you don't know if you don't ask.