You need more plant mass for that to be an effective Walsted tank. The heavy plant mass helps filter out unwanted ammonia and nitrate in the water, sort of giving you a "silent cycle". The tank doesn't really cycle in the traditional sense, but the bacteria in the soil that develop will be the ones breaking down the majority of the ammonia from the shrimp and food waste. The plants are there to suck up the residual nitrate once your bacteria develop so you shouldn't have to do many water changes. But these tanks are an equilibrium that you have to get just right. Not enough plants, or too much bioload and its not going to work.
10G - Low Tech Planted [ Chocolate Neos, MTS, Tracked Nerite / Anubias Nana, Windelov Java Fern, Water Wisteria, Dwarf Sag ]29G
- Non Planted Native Tank [ Creek Chub, Yellowfin Shiners, MTS / Water Wisteria ]