So an update of sorts: After week I am happy to report that I have yet to have an algae outbreak (knock on wood there). I have, however noticed some small snails that (despite my sincerest efforts) hitchhiked on my plants. I squish every now and again when its convenient but they seem to grow steadily in number. As my tank is currently unstocked, I might as well make one of my first tanks's citizens a scourge to snails. I was thinking loach of some sort but am unsure as to what species I could get and keep singly or in a small group in my 29 gallon. Alternatively, Ive been looking at assassin snails as another option. Perhaps a group of 4 or 5? Any ideas?