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    With the help of AqAdvisor and my LFS I've made some new additions to my 20 gallon aquarium. I still have some redecorating I want to do for a more natural look but it's on its way.
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    Here's a picture of the whole deal. I want to get rid of the pink coral and orange coral pieces and add in some realistic driftwood or tree trunk pieces. I want to stay away from real driftwood because of the tannins that can change the water color.
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    I added some water sprite for a tall background plant. I added 3 small guppies and 4 julli cory cats to go along with my koi angel and 3 platys (and my snail).
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    There's been some kind of algae growing on my Anubias plant that hasn't gone away yet. My snail isn't touching it (possibly because he's too big to get around on that plant), so is there another way to get rid of it? If it's not going to harm my plant in any way then I really don't mind it, but if it's harmful then I need to eliminate it. Also my snail has some tiny holes that seem to go all the way through to his body. The water pH tested at around 7.8 so I know the water isn't too acidic.

    Everything seems to be going pretty well in this aquarium! Maybe some advice on making sure my corys are getting enough to eat since they don't come up to the surface like my other fish. Should I vacuum less frequently to make sure I'm leaving some food on the bottom?
    Also I need some decorating tips! How would you arrange this setup?
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    Love the cory cats! Good quality sinking (algae/shrimp) pellets could ensure food reaches them :) Blood worms and brine shrimp as a treat once in a while. Make sure you do not over-feed your fish though.

    Honestly I would still consider real driftwood. I am setting up my first aquarium and picked up a couple pieces of iron wood. The tannins were not bad -- I boiled the pieces for a few hours then let them sit in a bucket of water for a few days. Each day I would change the water and if the water was very clear 24 hours later, I added the piece to the tank. Never really noticed any tannins once added.

    Additionally, it would give you more options for aquascaping. For example an Anubis on some real driftwood can look very sharp.

    I also found this article to be helpful: how-to-hardscape-your-aquarium. It explains the rule of thirds, shows some tanks that follow it, and some exceptions to the rule. My tank is nothing like these... but the information might help you as it did me.

    Based on my little experience I might try moving that grey ornament to the back/left, and move the pink/red ornament more to the right/front. I would suggest figuring out your driftwood decision first and sketch out your hardscape on paper. This would allow you to reduce the amount of stress for your fish (Less moving around when you have a plan). I can also speak from experience, that having this plan will also reduce your stress With a change in hardscape you may consider moving the plants to compliment it as well. Just make sure it looks good to you, it is your tank after all :)


    Hopefully someone else can help with the algae question, I have no experience there.

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    Your pH is good. What is the dGH (general hardness) of your water? If it's too soft and you don't have enough calcium, the snail shells will deteriorate and you'll see holes in the shell. You can drop in a cuttlebone (in the bird dept) and feed spinach, kale or zucchini (all have calcium). The holes will remain, but the shell should harden.
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    Sweet tank! That's just basic algae growing. Anubias is very prone to this because it's leafs are closer to the light. It's actually very likely you can use your thumb and wipe that algae right off. Anubias is pretty slick.

    I think your cabomba would appreciate you topping off your dank and redusing that high flow on top of it.

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    I want to get rid of the pink coral and orange coral pieces and add in some realistic driftwood or tree trunk pieces.
    The pink stuff is barnacles, not coral...and should raise the calcium levels and ph of this tank, a bit higher than the source water
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    I thought the pink stuff was just decoration, not real?
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    I thought the pink stuff was just decoration, not real?
    You may be right; but Lauren found some of that and brought it home (can't remember where she got it) and it looks just like that, and is very real
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    Slash is correct they are totally are. They are no longer alive though. It's basically just pure calcium. It will raise your kH slightly.. If your water was more acidic they might dissolve. Your water is pretty akaline though. I've seen them used more for shell dwellers like drawf cichlids. Depending how much it effects your Akalinity you may experience slight pH elevations in the long run. Your water shouldn't dissolve it too fast though.

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    LOL, "Slash"...I like it!
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    Hahaha dang I've always read your name as slash. The troubles of mobile phones... My bad man!

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