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What's a good carpet plant and moss for a .5 gallon shrimp tank?

TLDR: I am completely new except for lots of searching google, this forum, and reddit. I want to plant and shrimp a really small tank with a carpet (what do shrimp like in carpets), a moss tree (I have heard shrimp really like the moss?), and some sort of hideout (any ideas?) with a plant on top, using only daylight if possible (maybe DIY co2, but its a tiny tank so it would have to be scaled back).
I got a marima .5 gallon betta tank that I thought looked nice, and figured it would be a cool tank for a really small walstad planted shrimp tank. I plan on having some sort of carpet on the outside of the inner cube, a "moss tree" in the middle section, a hideyhole thing for the shrimp to play in, and two or three shrimp. I plan on putting it beside a window for the whole day instead of getting a light since the tank is so small and I want plants that don't need co2 or tons of light.

Here is what I think would grow without extra light or co2, but I don't know if they would be good for the shrimp.
Hydrocotyle tripartita http://tropica.com/en/plants/plantdetails/4458/4458) - Most likely this. This apparently grows fast in less co2 and water but I don't know how good it would look in such a small tank because it apparently grows upwards a lot, although I could have it grow up one side.
Marsilea Hirsuta (http://tropica.com/en/plants/plantde...ta(010TC)/4428) and Crenata (http://tropica.com/en/plants/plantde...a(010BTC)/4762) - I think would look the best even though this grows slower, crenata may be too small though.
Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo' (http://tropica.com/en/plants/plantde...9;(025TC)/4442) - Would probably look terrible in the conditions but i'm not sure.

These are the mosses I have found for the moss tree or possibly the hideout. I don't like the look of many mosses like java moss or spiky moss, and flame moss might not work too well since it grows straight up.
Phoenix Moss (http://www.aquamoss.net/Fissidens-fo...s-fontanus.htm) - This looks the best in my opinion, and I won't have to trim it which is nice. Tropica (http://tropica.com/en/plants/plantde...nus(002F)/4390) says that they need more light than most mosses, but I think it will be fine.
Vesicularia dubyana 'Christmas moss' http://tropica.com/en/plants/plantde...nus(002F)/4390) - This looks the second best.
Vesicularia ferriei 'Weeping moss' (http://tropica.com/en/plants/plantdetails/4398/4398) - This looks ok but not as good as the other two, and needs to be trimmed more which might be annoying.
Flame moss (http://tropica.com/en/plants/plantdetails/4403/4403) would be awesome in the tree but I do not know of a good way to attach it. I would like it on whatever I have as shelter and if possible having it as a carpet would be cool.
Some questions I have are: I know to dry start it, but how long would it be before I add the shrimp in a small tank? I also have no idea which shrimp to use, though I guess neo or RCS would be good. I want to be able to see the shrimp easily so I imagine red cherry shrimp would work well. I have also seen scuds used to clean up the tank, which might work well for a low maintenance.
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Also, Do I add in snails and stuff during the dry start, and how do I get them. I also don't know what chemicals I need to add - I heard the walstad method had enough chemicals but pretty much every post mentions either press. c02 or excel/flourish. What is the difference between these and which should I add?
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Im kind of a newbie too but I'll tell you what I have going right now lol.

I have a 1.5g Mr. Aqua Bookshelf tank, which is long and shallow. I wanted to try and grow a carpet so I used some random plants given to me by a friend and am growing them emersed. I have HC, dwarf hair grass, glosso, and repens. I used the fluval shrimp stratum, and two osmocote tabs burned in the soil. The pic I'm attaching is 6 weeks of growth. I want to flood when it is completely carpeted but don't plan on getting c02 so I'm going to try and dose flourish excel and see what happens. Plan on keeping crystal red shrimp in this tank after cycling (for a while, maybe a few months). I am also going to test the water every week or so until the parameters are ideal for crs, since they are so expensive.

I also have a 0.9g Marina Cubus that I wanted to do a tree in. Its bare with some pieces of driftwood and random moss (I think Java) tied on with thread. Not growing anything in there because I put a bunch of baby blue velvet shrimplets so I don't want to move things around too much. I don't do water changes and just top off with 0 tds water. I have mineral and bacteria balls in the tank as well.

Cherry or Blue Velvet shrimp are your best options. I think they're a lot more hardy and easier to care for. I had cherry shrimp for a while and never tested the water or anything. For these shrimp I didn't cycle my tanks or test the water at all, I just dumped them in and they all survived. Depending on where you live and the parameters of your tap water it may be a different story... I had a couple snails hitchhike from plants (I think bladder snails) and they eat a lot of worms I had from overfeeding, which is good. I think. They produce a lot of waste though.. I'd add them in and leave em for a week and if they all survive in your tank then add shrimp lol.

Hope this helps! Everything in this hobby is trial and error. Things that work for other people don't always work for others. Good luck
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