I ended up getting some crustacean food (supposedly for crabs and lobsters) and dropping it in the tank. The shrimp went absolutely bonkers. I have to say that was the most fun I've had so far with this tank. They would come grab a grain of the food and take off to some private part of the tank. It was a shrimp frenzy! Now I sorta feel bad that they were so hungry that they had to resort to eating the plants. Geez what a bad shrimp owner! Anyway, I bet they'll stop with the plant nibbling now.
I think I lost my little otto too, sadly. I don't know what happened. Fine when I left work on Thursday, and by Friday when I went to leave I saw him looking pretty bad. I guess we'll see on Monday if he made it. No idea on him though, water/temp were fine. I know he had plenty of food. Oh well, try again I guess.