The water of a aquarium is not where the nitritifying bacteria are. They are in the surfaces of objects. Like porous biomedia. You will need a cycled tank to raise shrimp.
You may want to consider joining the njagc. We are a club of planted tank enthusiasts in nj. Some of the guys know a ton about all kinds of plants. And we do have some shrimp keepers. At the last meeting I had someone explaining to me why my attempt to raise crystal reds failed a few years ago.
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