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Help I got an Algae & a bug problem

Okay so to give you guys some details. I got a 55 gallon planted tank running. the setup is about a 1 maybe 1 1/2 month old. I got an amazon sword, ludwigia. frill, cabomba and hornwort in it. I got a aquaticlife Dual 48 in T5 HO running on top with DIY CO2. I got the lights running on a timer from 8 to 3 everyday. I have an uphill battle with algae and now I have these betttle looking bugs in my tank. I don't know what am I doing wrong. I have a few cherry shrimps in the tank to help with the algae as well as about 4 neon tetra (planning on adding more shrimp friendly fish later). what am I doing wrong here? Do I need pressurized CO2? more water change? help me here since I am a total planted tank noob. thanks.
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What do the beetles look like? Size, coloration, behavior, ect. A picture would be awesome if possible.
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High light and a DIY CO2.

What are you fertilizing with?

What type of algae is it? New tank its probaly brown diatoms. This makes everythong look dirty. Post a picture ic you can.
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It's hard to see the algae right now because I just did a water change and scrubbed the tank clean today but you should be able to see the trace amounts of algae on the glass as well as the plants. It also shows the bug on the plants. Again the algae grows too rapidly.

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I think those "beetle things" you are talking about are common pond snails.
Hitched a ride in with your plants.
Some people love 'em, some people do not.
Either way, hard to get rid of with shrimp, and not many shrimp-friendly fish that I would trust, either. The tetras will do more damage to them than snails will.

There IS in fact a scavenger beetle that you do NOT want in your tank.
It's quite large, rare in aquariums, and no mistaking it.

There are also scuds and water fleas, and people have a love/hate relationship with those, too.

As for your algae, and your sword(?) plant deterioration, I think posting your water parameters would be helpful for diagnoses, and the more plant you have in an aquarium; the better

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