I have a very lovely crowntail betta fish named Ro.
I've had him for about two and a half months, and his tank light has brought about quite a bit of algae. I do weekly partial water changes and try to keep his tank light on for no more or less than 12 hours, but the algae that sits on the bottom of his tank is hard to get rid of and detracts from the visual appeal of the tank.
The tank is 1 gallon with a light, a small heating pad, and under gravel filter.
I heard that a snail would help with the algae and fish waste, so without hesitation, I went out today and bought a black mystery snail. The man who sold it to me warned me about the possible problem of snail waste in such a small tank but assured me that if I maintained the weekly water changes it would be okay, and that if it wasn't, I had 15 days to return the snail.
But upon some after-research I heard that they aren't really suited to tanks under 10 gallons. A bigger tank isn't really an option, I have to take Ro to university with me, and space is a serious issue.
I've had bettas in the past, but I didn't really connect to them as well as I have with Ro (he's just so friendly and spunky) so I really want to make sure he stays healthy.
Should I return the snail?
And if so, how should I deal with the algae problem.
Thanks in advance for your help!