I ordered a plant and, of course, it had a little snail on it. I didn't think too much of it at the time, naively. Fast forward 6 months - my tank is COVERED in these tiny snails. Hundreds of them. I don't mind, except that there are so many of them that it's starting to make my tank really dirty. The gravel vaccuums make me want to vomit. It's a 10 gallon tank and I only have 5 fish in there at the moment (4 cories and 1 male platy). It gets 15x dirtier than my other fully-stocked tank because of these snails.
Is there a safe way for me to get rid of them? I don't even need to get rid of all of them, just most of them. And then in 6 months I can do it again.
I know snails don't tolerate a lot of medications with malachite green, like ich meds. Since i have the cory catfish in there, I don't just want to dump in meds and wait for the snails to die.
Is there something I can do that would kill off some of these snails without harming my cories or other fish? I suppose I could remove them for a few days (it would overstock my other tank to put 4 cories in there, but I guess if it's only for a few days it might not be a big issue, I have 4 cories in the other tank anyway).
Thanks for the help!