I set up a tank just I guess 6-8 months ago. The tank is 20 gallons with flouressent liting 100 watt heater and an old fluval 2 plus filter. It is decorated with driftwood, plants (anubias, java fern, crypts and hygrophila), clay flowerpots and a sand substrate. It houses a bristlenose, 3 platies (1m2f) and 2 kribensis (1m1f). I feed once to twice a day a variety of foods: Omega one flakes, shrimp pellets,veggie rounds, frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms and blanched zuccini (not all at once i mix it up and somedays its flakes and pellets other days its bloodworms and zuccini etc)There are a few things that are not exactly as I expected and I have the following questions. Thank you for any assistance you can provide. I will attach picturs for reference.
The sand accumulates debris and even the same day as I clean the tank with a siphon the debris will be back. I believe it is from the driftwood and plants. Does anyone have any tips for keeping the sand clean? I use an air hose and suck it out by hand then vacuum.
The male platy is attacking a single pregnant female and ignoring the other. This began after both females gave birth in the tank for the first time. Has anyone seen this before?
A very course 'hairy' algae is growing in one spot on the wood I don't really mind it but also if anyone has seen this before I would be interested in knowing how to control it and keep it from spreadimg. Pleco won't eat it (not that i had expected him to).
Kribs will dig out the flowerpots and make their cave more private. I have seen the female and male both in the cave and the female will do her mating shake dance but still no eggs. I added the pair about 1- 2months ago. They seam to be exhibiting breading behavior on a regular basis.
Hygrophila started to die back once I first added it and now I have a few palm tree looking pieces left. Everytime I have ever tried to add java fern to a tank it dies back then new little plantlets form and are very slowgrowing. How do people get those beautiful java fer bushes? Am I just inpatient?
I feed the pleco veggie rounds and blanched zucchini but I very rarely actually see himeat it. How can I be sure he is getting enough food?
I want to add maybe a few tall hardy plants to hide the filter and heater. Any suggestions? Also looking to add a small school of fish? Can I do this without overstocking? If so any suggestions on what kind wouls be best?
Any other suggestions and tips are more than welcome.
Sorry for any spelling errors!