Adding Sand to Tank with Baby Snails, shrimp & corys

b3thwashingt0n

Hello,
We purchased a second hand tank from someone on Facebook Marketplace yesterday. The gentleman we bought it from used it as a breeding tank - so we ended up with some left over baby snails, shrimps and cory. We would like to add white sand to the bottom, but I'm sure doing so will bury a few snails. What should we do? Do you think if we went ahead and added sand, the snails would make their way out eventually? I don't know if it is different because they are small.

Also, we bought the tank to use as a quarantine tank for our poorly South American Cichlid, and whilst we're quite happy that we got a few additional freebies (the unexpected fish, shrimp and snails) - it now means that we can't use the tank as a quarantine tank as the Cichlid will probably eat them. And we can't add them into our main tank as they'll be eaten there too! We can't afford another tank but we need to look after our poorly Cichlid - what shall we do with this?
 

richiep

You can add sand and the snails will make their way out on their own, if the cichlid needs attention then the others will have to take their chances, whatever meds you use will probably kill the shrimp and maybe the snails anyway
 
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b3thwashingt0n

You can add sand and the snails will make their way out on their own, if the cichlid needs attention then the others will have to take their chances, whatever meds you use will probably kill the shrimp and maybe the snails anyway

Thank-you! Do you think fin rot medication will be bad for the shrimp and snails?
 
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richiep

It will probably kill the shrimp,not sure on the snails
 
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