I hope you don't mind me dropping by.
I found your community while looking for advice on how to best stock my BiUbe. I know that serious fish keepers are not too keen on these aquariums, but I hope you will not hold it against me owning one. I try to be as good to my fish as possible.
After reading advice I stocked my tank with 3 Platy's a pair of Guppy's and 4 neon tetras. I did have a few shrimp too in the early days, but they died after a about a year. I think I may be told this is a little over stocked. But they all seemed to get on very well and the Platy's and Guppy's bread. Not many of the babies survived but I had a couple of toddlers from each variety. In the last three months I have lost all but two neon tetra's and 1 of the baby Guppy's. The water parameter checks all showed in the safe region. But there is a lot of ugly carpet like algae on all the plants.
I was considering pulling the tank apart completely and starting again, to try to get rid of the algae and in case something in the water was killing the fish (they had no obvious signs of illness, just kept disappearing).
The survivors have been swimming about happily with no more fatalities for a month now.
Do I need to start again, should I just leave it be, is there anything I can do to get rid of the algae. I bought new silk plants, but they were covered after two weeks.
Thanks for any advice.