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I have a 5g tall tank (Marineland Portrait) that I'd like to rescape. Substrate and all. It's also my only tank. It's easy enough to catch fish in a net, but a couple dozen cherry shrimp? Is there a better way to get them out of the tank safely so I can re-do it?

My main issue is that this dang piece of fake driftwood that's too big and too loose, for lack of a better term. It's neat, but it just takes up too much real estate, not to mention reaching around it to clean and scape is a major pain. A much smaller piece would be nice, and I'd also like to add more of a slope to the substrate and more plants. I got some dark gray gravel that I'm thinking about switching to since everything else on my desk is black and it would make the colors of the shrimp and plants pop more.

 

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Remove everything you can. Give plants and decor a good shake before taking out of water.

Drain until there's only a few inches left.

Net out shrimp, keep in container.

Rescape and add them all back in.
 

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Or you can bait the shrimp out as well! If they're voracious feeders, it should be easy to bait them out with something like a pellet or food.
 
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