First - I seem to be having an issue with Brown Algae in my tank, and need some advice on clearing it up/preventing it. The tank is only a couple months old, but has cycled. Levels are good. It does have slight filtered light from our sliding door, but I keep the blinds closed to minimize that. it also has a hood light that I have been trying to leave off more, but don't want to kill the plants (or make the fish depressed/unhappy).
Second (and most irritating) - my pig of a Betta (think ravenous dog) keeps eating all the Cory food! I have been trying to put it into places I 'think' he won't find it, but he still does. It is driving me nuts, because he keeps getting all bloated, but I don't want to starve the Corys either. Currently I am feeding him the regular Betta pellets and freeze-dried brine shrimp (when he isn't full of Cory food naturally), so he is not starving ;). I am worried about the Corys (and him bloating himself of course), they seem happy, alert and active, but I fear he is stealing all their food! Has anyone had this problem, and if so - did you find a way around it (without taking the Betta out)?
They don't fight or anything - quite the opposite, they seem to be good buddies.. The Betta and Corys all sleep together in the cave I have (it is quite funny actually).
Thanks in advance for any help/advice!!