I've had this tank up and running for about 2 months, planted for 1.5 of that and fish in for about one month (7 neon tetra). I got a variety pack of plants from someone off the forum along with some plants from my local petco. I'm thinking that the petco plants we're a mistake because now I'm pulling multiple snails out every day which gets quite tedious. I'm also having a little trouble with what I believe is brown algae and hair algae. I'm looking for tips to keep the algae under control, although it's by no means out of control it's still an annoyance. Also, any tips on how to make my tank look better would be appreciated!
20G long tank
Aqueon quietflow internal filter (40 gallon)
Nicrew RGB LED light 21w
Nicrew classic 28" light (white & blue LED, 7500k, 18w)
Substrate: organic potting soil rinsed and strained & capped with eco complete
Lights on for 6 hours/day
Some natural lighting throughout the day but very indirect (windows about 12 feet away)
0 ammonia & nitrites, <10ppm nitrates
20% roughly water change once every week or two
Excel every other day or so
I'm thinking of getting an assassin snail to help get rid of the pond snails, good idea? Also maybe shrimp or some other type of snail to help with algae but that wont take over the whole tank? Algae eating fish? I'm also planning to get a few more neons and a half dozen or so of another type tetra, maybe a betta?
P.S. Sorry the photos are so huge, how can I make them scale down on here?