Love the new carpet, your plants look like they're doing great. Sorry to hear about your shrimp.You are not the only one to have bad luck on the first try with shrimp. It took me a few batches of shrimp before I had any survive, never knew what I was doing to kill them.
Try stabilizing your phone while you are photographing your tank, looks like its just simple camera shake causing your blured photos. I flip my office chair around and use it to prop my iphone on when I take pictures of my tank, does a decent job!