Yep with proper circulation/gas-nutrient exchange and stabilizing your water/change water parameters your seeing the results. Shrimp are healthy, happy and always grazing, carpeting plants look really good too.
Thank you for all the help.
Trying to keep it all happy will be the next challenge, I'm sure. This has been my first real experience with a carpeting plant.
I have one more question for you, and anyone else who thinks they can help. How do you, personally, tell when the light is too strong?
I ask this because at the beginning of the week I moved the position of my light, pushing it back towards the rear of the tank, to help a higher light plant be just a little closer to the light. Well, there are a few plants at the front of the tank that have just taken off with growth this week. For comparison, the amount they have grown this week is equivalent to what they have grown in about 3-4 weeks. It's insane.
Could my light be a little too strong, still?
The plants that had this ginormous growth were: rotala wallichii, lagenandra, Ludwigia Glandulosa Peruensis, and staurogyne sp. Bihar.