Now that I have my 40B up and running I can focus more of my attention on my 6gal Edge. I've always had a shrimp tank, My first tank was a 20 gal long Red Cheey Shrimp tank, which was very easy to keep. Within a month of getting them, there were berried females. After keeping them for about two years, I have been researching Crystal Red Shrimp for months.
I have slowly made a list of materials and purchased them over time. After the price of a new LED edge went on sale to $116, I had to buy one. Next was aquasoil. Since the tsunami over in japan the shortage of aquasoil delayed the tank for some months. I finally found the whole system at one location, ADG. I bought a 2 liter bag of Power Sand Special-S, a 9 liter bag of Aquasoil Amazonia II, and a 9 liter bag of Aquasoil Amazonia II Powder for $130ish shipped to Alaska. I also bought 5mg each of ADA Clear Super, ADA Turmaline BC, ADA Bacter 100, ADA Penac P, and ADA Penac W.
It's tough to decide between the two. If you won't be adding other plant varieties, Option 1 could lead to an impressive field-like scape when all grows in. Option 2 hides the filter which is always a bonus and the shrimp may appreciate the surface area and holes in the hardscape.