Who said you have to leave them in forever? Point is to get the tank stable first. I mean would you rather have like a ton of floating anarchis or the algae ridden tank? Also, how terrible are we talking here? Like algae infested leaves? Most pet stores carry anarchis.
Yes... Like half rotted plants (if they have any) covered in algae for $7-9. Petsmart has it sometimes, but they have cyano and pond snails in their plant tanks x _x; If any store had *stable* stock it wouldn't be so bad, but it's a guessing game every time. I've made an hour and a half each way trip just to find out all they had was java ferns and java moss. I haven't been in a while though, next time I am out that way I will look. I don't have a car so it's not easy to just hop to 3 stores and browse. Next week I should be able to go