Please help, I'm so tired of reading conflicting information. I just need to get my Betta tank to a point where I'm not trying to troubleshoot and Google every day. Okay, so quick background: I have a Betta in a 5 gal Fluval Chi. Set everything up before I knew about cycling, so I'm just trying to get my tank to a point where I can just do routine maintenance. I posted before about my new tank and the betta's fin rot. The advice I was given was to not go crazy cleaning everything and interfere with the cycle. So I've just been doing regular water changes and vaccuuming. The Betta doesn't look like he's getting worse and I'm just wondering if he's prone to the rot. But either way, I planned on getting the tank stabilized before doing more frequent water changes. I keep testing the water and get the same readings every time: PH- 8.2 (our tap is high) Nitrite- 0 Ammonia- .25 (same as our tap water) Nitrate- 0 I understand that when my tank is cycled, the ammonia should go to zero and the nitrate should go up a little? Well I've been waiting weeks, and no change. So here is the whole reason for this post. I started getting brown algae on the bottom of the tank. I've been trying to clean it with the vacuum, but my vacuum is too big, so I have to work very quickly before it drains more than 30-50% of the water. Plus, I was thinking of adding a shrimp to help with the algae, but I wanted the tank stabilized before adding anything. So today, I noticed blue-green algae! I read that it's actually a bacteria and the only way to get rid of it is to black out the tank for a week or use antibiotics. I don't know if it is possible to cover the Fluval chi tank without the cover getting wet from the fountain top. And I'm worried about adding antibiotics because it will mess with the cycle or cause others problems. Okay so can someone give me an idiot proof plan of attack here? I feel like there is always so much going on with this tank. I will post a pic of the tank ASAP. This is is so embarrassing to post! I swear this happened in a week's time. I add clean water once a week and vacuum and do a 30-50% water change once a week. I only have been feeding him 2-3 pellets and he fasts on Sunday. The water is really low today because we've had a crazy heat wave in SoCal and the water evaporated much faster this week.