This is going to be kinda long so sorry and thanks in advance.
My tank blew up the past 3 months. I bought some seeds online (I forgot the name) and just poured a bunch in my tank and it boomed a month or so later. These things are growing like crazy and donít know how to approach the issue. P.S: I donít recommend these seeds, theyíre messy and I honestly liked my tank better before I put these in but itís a shrimp paradise now.
This tank is established, roughly 15 gallons or more and is now officially my shrimp tank since I had to give my fishes away as it got too crowded. I now have a bunch of assorted baby shrimp and I will see a handful in the back filter area from time to time.
Also to note:
Whatever this plant is (that is covering 80% of the water), I believe it is fully aquatic and not terrestrial as the parts that reach the air shrivel up and die, which is why I have it covered with seram wrap to keep the ones out of the surface from drying out. Oh and to keep the cats from eating them hah.
I would like to do a complete maintenance + water change. How should I go about doing this?
Starting with my filter and heater off, I usually take out the filter sponge to rinse off and leave in my other filter to vacuum over. Problem is there are babies in random places in my tank. How do I go about cleaning my tank - should I even vacuum?
I only have 5 small tetras that I couldnít catch and shrimps. Will scrubbing take food away from my baby shrimp? Iím going to pinch off all dying leaves but up to where do I trim (cut half off, just a wuarter, etc)?
I only had several shrimp die over the past 6 months, a flower shrimp (whom lived for a year) and maybe one or two ghost shrimps and one cherry shrimp. I have 4 different types of shrimp in there as far as I can tell. There are also a variety of plants not just the one that is seemingly everywhere.
Also, stems are growing into my filter intake and outtake, do I pull these ofd or leave them?
Whole tank view^
Top tank view^
Built-in filter intake part. (One baby shrimp in the pic with a string of poo)
Stems finding their way into the back^