Clare; thanks for the references.
I wasn't looking for anything to get rid of algae, at the time. i just needed a relatively cheep tester fish/shrimp that would keep me occupied until football season was over. Alas, I don't have anywhere to put them after that.
Good start, how did you get that rock in the opening??? lol
I love ghost shrimp!! I dont see why anyone would call them pests??? Ive kept them in all my tanks. As far as ottos go, WAIT! In all my experience ottos do not do well in new tanks. They need a well established tank. Give yours atleast 4-6 months before adding any, IMO.