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I have had my 12 gallon tank up and running with LR and LS for a week and plan to do a 10% water change tomorrow. Is that how often and how much I should change the water, once a week, 10%? Yesterday, I found some greenish mold around the tank walls, especially right below the light, behind the heater, and filter. accompanying the mold beneath the light are about 50 little (as in tiny, like 3mm in legnth) shrimp like things. What are all of these things, and what should I do to get rid of the mold? should I get rid of the mold?
 
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Sounds like pods, probably gammarus amphipods (google that for pics). Are you sure the mold in question isn't algae or cyanobacteria or diatoms? It's common for a new tank to have a bloom of slime.
 
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I'm sure it's micro algae. You'll have to scrape it if it's on there too long. Generally snails will help keep it manageable. You might also shorten the light cycle. If you're seeing living pods already your doing a good job setting up your tank.
 
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I dont have any snails yet, should I get some, and do I have to feed them, or do they just eat the algae? and I dont know if the white things are amphipods, they are smaller than the one AM told me to look up which said they are 1 inch, the BIGGEST are 3mm, most of them barely touch 1 or 2 mm, here's some pics, or as good pics as I could get. You'll probably have to maximize the first image to see the white things, and the algae is on the front tank wall in front of the heater in the second.
 

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Im not planning on putting cephs in it, or even getting cephs for right now, it's my "first time experimental tank" I also thought it was too small for any ceph. Does anyone know of a ceph that would go in it, and if not, whats the most personable fish that will go in it?

So now that I know I need to get a clean up crew, what should I get for this size tank?
 

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