I'm going to recap the past of my tanks for y'all (long read, sorry, I would recommend just skimming the first couple paragraphs) So I had 1 honey gourami, 8 harlequin rasboras, and 1 Bolivian ram since last June until the ram and one rasbora succumbed to store illnesses shortly after I got them, leaving me with the honey and 7 rasboras until a couple months ago when I switched from artificial plants to live. I bought a finnex planted+ 24/7 light, Eco-complete substrate, driftwood, and plants for the tank. It was a quick switch over so I moved all of the fish to a 5 gal bucket and drained the tank to get all of the poop and gravel out and then put the new substrate in and refilled. I added the plants after washing them, boiled the driftwood, and returned the fish. Everything was fine for a week, but then algae started to grows everywhere uncontrollably and my fish started dying left and right. I don't know if the stress of the switch caused them to get sick was it, but my water parameters were all good (I use API master kit) so I have no clue what it actually was. Long story short, I'm down to one harlequin rasbora ruling my 20 gallon tall by himself (no clue how he's still alive) and my tank is an algae infested wreck. Some of plants are just so covered in algae that I want to throw them away even though they're still alive. I try to rub the algae off without damaging the plant, but by the next time I look, it's all back on there. I need to get some snails, but bring 16 with busy parents, it's hard to find a time to go to the store since I can't buy fish/inverts by myself until I'm 18. In addition, I have a 5.5 gallon that has never had any animals in it since it's intended for shrimp, but again, can't buy them by myself. It has Eco-complete, driftwood, and a finnex stingray clip-on light. It has some algae problems that are not quite as bad as the other tank, but I am really confused because some of my plants in both tanks are dying that are supposed to be the easiest to have. So here's a list of my plants and their condition: Java moss: came to me browning already and just continued to brown and look gross in my tank so I threw it out (5.5 gallon) Marimo moss balls: the ones in my 5.5 gallon are fine, but for some reason the ones in my 20 are browning and falling apart Java fern: needs to be retied down so the roots are exposed and covered in algae, but the leaves have had brown spots since I got it (20 gal) Anubias coffeefolia: it had been doing pretty well but it just always gets covered in algae and a coupe of the leaves are decaying Dwarf sag: it originally had some parts die off but I'm seeing some new sprouts, so there's hope (20 gal) Moneywort: always covered in algae and doesn't really grow as fast as I expected based on what people said about it, but it's still alive and green (both) Pennywort: it died off immediately, but it came to me in pretty poor condition, it made a mess of the tank right off the bat with all of the decaying stems (both) Amazon frogbit: I got a large mama frogbit from the person who sent me plants that was very brown looking and it stayed alive and even produced some baby frogbits, but they eventually all died off (20 gal) Red ludwigia: it originally shed a lot of it's leaves, but it's still alive and has about the same thing as moneywort (20 gal) Dwarf lily: this one has been thriving because I got it as a small sprout and it has grown some huge leaves and has sent about 3 shoots that are floating at the top of the water in the 20 gal (I know I should cut them, but I don't have the heart since it's my only thriving plant) Riccia: I had this and it came to me all yellowish, but I tied it to the terra cotta pot in my 20 gal but it just got everywhere and didn't improve so I threw that away like the Java moss Anubias nana petite: I actually bought one and got two of them and they're doing about as well as the coffeefolia, except these ones are in the 5.5 gal Mystery plant: I bought it and it was labeled as water wisteria, but I'm fairly certain it's not and it's just been covered in algae and gross looking. I might just throw that one out as well because leaves are falling off and browning If you've braved it and have made it all the way down hear whether you read it or skimmed it, I'm done being frustrated with my tanks, and I want to restock and turn it around, and I need some help/opinions. Now the first step is that I for sure need some nerite snails and mystery snails in each tank, and then I need some new plants, so I think I will head to my LFS and check out their plants and get some that I can actually see the health of before I buy them. I'm think maybe getting an Amazon sword and some root tabs since I only have seachem flourish, but I haven't really done that a whole lot because of the algae and maybe some other low-medium light green and healthy plants that can make the tank look better and greener (cause most of the algae is a gross brown). After that, I need to restock/just stock my 5.5 for the first time. So here's some ideas, let me know: 20: snails with a betta being the only fish in the tank and possibly trying some other fish with him/her (if it didn't work out, I could always put the betta in the 5.5 even if it would eat a couple shrimp) 5.5: snails and red cherry shrimp (was going to have blue, but they're too expensive and there's too much risk in them dying at $8 a piece) OR 20: snails, red cherry shrimp, some small fish that are not big enough to eat the shrimp (suggestions?) 5.5: snails and a betta OR 20: Snails and small fish 5.5: snails and shrimp I'm open to other suggestions! Plant suggestions would help too! Any help is appreciated in trying to figure out the mysteries and other ways to fix the issues of my tanks. Thanks in advance!