you have to feed them mostly live foods. they make a mess and they will always be wild. the darker the tank is, the better. bright lights will tweak them out. if you cover 3 sides of the tank they seem to dart less. you will be way better off if you keep the tank somewhere there is very little...
i'll loosen up whatever is laying on the bottom with my tongs first. having my 55 set up for six years I can tell you that the plants can't take care of the rest. you need to clean the substrate atleast every two weeks if you want the bottom clean. I just use a 5/8 hose as my vac
not everybody is a fish person, just like some people aren't dog or cat people. everyone who goes in my basement to look at all of my tanks thinks i'm kinda weird. hey its whatever makes you happy. i'd give the nipper some time to see if he calms down. hopefully he/she will
over here in pa water is .0091 a gallon. that's .21 a month if you change 24 gallons. even if you change 1000 gals its still only 9 bucks
oh your doing 6 gals a day....now that's totally different 1.63 a month
whatever you do to your tank water you are going to have to do with every water change. that can become a real pain and extra work. why not find fish that live naturally in water like you have(African cichlids)maybe