Suggestions? Starting from scratch due to BGA
I've had it. I've spent 10 months dealing with blue green algae that became a problem after the neighbours over fed our fish while on vacation last year. I have tried frequent cleaning, removing a ton of plants to increase water movement, treating with antibiotics (killed snails), treating with hydrogen peroxide (decent results), black out, etc. it just keeps coming back. I don't want to get into parameters or finger pointing or whatever else, I just want to MOVE ON.
So I've removed the ADA Aquasoil. It was constantly getting covered and I'm fed up with it. It was like the BGA's preferred habitat - it would blanket the substrate, I would vacuum it out, it would regrow, repeat.
I've also removed my plants and rock. I'll toss the plants and start over, and boil the rock.
I'll scrub everything down.
I'll replace the substrate, if only temporarily, with a natural and neutral fine grade gravel. I have it on hand and the nice LFS I go to uses it in their fish tanks (not the planted ones mind you). It looks fine.
I have 1 betta and 3 embers. Yes, I know I need more embers but I've held off buying more because of this constant BGA problem.
In the past year I've had to remove and dump my red root floaters and water spangles because BGA kept forming on the roots. I removed mostly all of my java moss and some java fern which kept getting entombed in BGA. I removed all of my other plants a last spring in an act of desperation.
So where do I go from here? What's my best bet? I have an Eheim Aquastyle 9g and a toddler and newborn, with little time or interest in a labour intensive set up. I want it to be simple and clean and not an ongoing, frustrating battle of me vs. BGA or me vs. White fuzzy fungus, etc. I'm fed up.