WHAT TO USE
tools and products I use
Here is a summary of what I have used or have experienced to a degree that I'm fully comfortable to recommend. If you do buy the products through the Amazon links below, I do earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which helps in the running of this website.
As seen above, a Turkey Baster is used to stir up substrate debris while doing water changes. A Python water changer is an easy method to do water changes without a mess.
Seachem Excel works similarly to Hydrogen peroxide but some plants are more susceptible to it (liverworts, vallisneria species). The advantage of Excel is that it can be stored for long periods. Hydrogen peroxide degrades to water and oxygen over time.
For serious filamentous algae, API Algaefix is a strong nuke. It should not affect fish if dosed accurately according to instructions, but it will kill shrimp.
Eye droppers are useful for spot dosing algicides onto problem spots.