01-16-2014, 07:42 AM
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Your tank is looking lovely - and already seems to be growing in so well!!! Great job on the layout - pretty, pretty!!!
The "brown algae" is likely only diatoms - not actually algae and very common in new tanks. If you haven't gotten rid of it already, it will likely clear up on it's own once things establish a bit more!
What Willow said about snails - they aren't a bad thing, but if you over feed your critters, they'll multiply quickly, so you want to keep an eye on their numbers. Consider them your first-warning if things are ever off! ^__^
As far as ordering online, I love TheWetSpot Tropical Fish (based in Oregon), but you're a local MD peep! *hollah!* Not sure where in this big state you are, but check out Go Fish in Rosedale, if you can. They're usually willing to order fish in for me - Tom's Tropicals in Glen Burnie is a good shop, and keep a lot of variety in stock. . . *ish helpful?*
Love your new little guy! You said that you're watching him because of where he came from - is there a story behind how he got there? *fingers crossed* that he settles right in for you - he's GORGEOUS!!!
Good luck with this project - I can't wait to see how it all grows in! Off to a fantastic start for sure!