recently i went away For the holiday, i was gone a little over 2 weeks. When i left my 10 gallon looked like this:
When i returned, i found the tank completely overrun with some sort of algae. Pretty much killed off the horwart that was in there. The Betta however was quite fat and healthy, and the mystery snail about doubled in size. Also there seem to be a lot more smaller snails.
I did a water change right away with some heavy siphoning as the tank was overdue anyway, and removed most of the horwart.
It's been a couple days since then, long enough for me to notice some sort of water strider bug unlike any i've ever seen before as he snatched a bloodworm i was feeding the betta. in addition to that, there are orange-ish specks on the surface of the water that seem to move like they are alive, kind of like fleas. I also still have some of the algae as i haven't had a chance to scrape it off yet. Plus there's still some horwart needles i didn't get vacummed.
I also haven't fed the betta for a couple of days now and he's still fat... so i think he's eating either the tiny bugs, or the small snails as there are a lot of tiny empty snail shells on the bottom.
Now the plan was to use this tank as my breeding tank, and i'm almost ready to begin breeding. So do i need to completely strike this tank and start over? I believe the tank is cycled, so maybe i save some water and the sponge filter? Any help would be appreciated.
Some "after" pics from after i did the 75% water change: