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14 Gallon Biocube Noob Tank

First freshwater tank since i was very young. Ive got fluval stratum with a few plants, picking up alot more this weekend. Then to track down some HC for the foreground..... This was a salty tank for a while, figured id mix it up. Any and all advice appreciated, there are many things that need to be done still

Excuse the poop layout of plants and poop photo.
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whats the crustiness in the background


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lazyness, stubborn coralline algae that didnt want to come off with a vinegar bath.
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lol i thought u painted a werid texture background.

Is that okay to be in there?
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Since you appear to be planning for shrimp, you'll want to make sure you use a razor blade to remove the leftover algae. If you don't, your water parameters could potentially be adversely impacted.

It's worth the elbow grease to remove it.

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lazyness, stubborn coralline algae that didnt want to come off with a vinegar bath.


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Yea idk if marine algae is a good idea in a freshwater tank lol

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was afraid you guys were going to say that. the back is plastic so it really didnt want to come off. guess i got something to do in the tank today.
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Just fill the tank up with a diluted vinegar solution and let it sit for a couple days then it will practically fall off
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i did that, the plastic is textured so i guess it held really well. came off the glass super easy. always used to vinegar to clean my pumps n such every month.
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I sort of had a problem like this about a month or too back. Except, it was with a really bad hard water stain. I was advised to use muriatic acid and it still would not come off. It was basically "etched" into the panel.

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spent a hour scraping away. got alot of it off, but i took alot of plastic with it. As soon as i started scraping i knew i had a problem. There is coralline and plastic bits all in my stratum now. Gravel Vac it out or do i need to take it out n rinse?
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Just vacuum it out or manually remove it.


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TY! did not want to totally disassemble. is a little bit of the stuff ok? its a pain to get off the grating for the intake, dont want to break the lil plastic strips.
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Bits of plastic won't hurt anything, just may be an eyesore depending on how OCD you are haha.

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i mean the left over coralline, anything that isnt stratum is going to stand out pretty bad. there is proly a bit of coralline underneath the stratum
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