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I have a 30 gallon tall with 3 fancy guppies, 2 cherry shrimp, 2 amanos and a ton of snails - it is a medium planted aquaponic tank...both submersed and emerging plants. I had a mix of gravel and black flourite sand. Of course, the sand has gone down below the gravel over time. I want to try and suck the sand out with my gravel vacuum, move the gravel to the sides, and have the center area be just sand - I would use the same sand I sucked out. I like the color contrast and want to get some cories again. I had them on the sand before and they loved digging, but as the sand sunk I think they had barbel issues with the gravel.

My question for opinions now - OK to leave fish in there while I do this? It will kick up a lot of gunk (being an aquaponics tank there isn't much deep cleaning) and I"m worried about respiratory issues. But I also think it might be more stressful to try and net everything and move them (would also have to figure out where to do that as I have no other tank).

I hope the question is clear, thank you for reading!
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With only a few fish and a few shrimp, I'd try to get them. If it were dozens, I'd just go for it and be as gentle as possible, but catching guppies and shrimp should be pretty easy
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I'd say move them - otherwise you'll be worrying about if you're squishing somebody, and from my rescape experience, the fish are determined to always be wherever you're trying to put something.
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