Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Virginia
IMO, shrimp shouldn't go in tanks until they've been up and running for at least a month after the cycle is complete, preferably two months. The more time the better. Shrimp NEED the biofilm and the only way to get that is time. You can't get it from a bottle or buy it as a plant.
Being patient is hard but it's better to be patient than blow your money and kill innocent creatures. I recently redid my 13g and as much as I wanted my OEBTs right away, I'm doing the right thing and waiting. I have mystery snails in the tank to keep the cycle alive while my mosses grow and the biofilm builds. It's what's best for the shrimp. When you buy any living creature you are agreeing to care for them the best way you can to give them the life they deserve, even for something as seemingly insignificant as a shrimp. It's cruel to them not to give them their optimal conditions, which are difficult to obtain for even seasoned shrimp keepers.
Please reconsider and start with a neo. There are very beautiful ones out there and they are hardy and tolerant of a wider range of water parameters.