So, I started this shrimp tank in about may or june, and I got a little bit of the invert bug, but like i said...just a little. So it was bare bottom, with just 11 or so ghost shrimp...which half of them were berried...and after a few months...i had 1 survive...yaay!
During that time i bought a group of cherry shrimp and added some argonite sand(bad idea) but it still worked fine...and they bred and i started getting quite the little colony, I also bought another group of them on aquabid to mix up the blood line, and they were doing great, till i started to get lazy and not do my water changes, so i probably lost 20 or more...
so eventually i started to clean it up, i put flora max substrate in it and moved and mixed plants around, till i came up with my last scape....which is now making the shrimp thrive....so here's the data for my success now.
plants: javamoss,crypt undulata(small runner), water wysteria, najas grass.
layout materials:beach pebbles, ?tree roots driftwood
water: 25% tap, 75%RO, w hagen shrimp mineral supplement
food: hikari shrimp food, rootmedic shrimp mix, hikari algae wafers
inhabitants: 50+ cherry skrimps, 6+(and growing) brown/red ramshorn snails
I also don't have a very good chronological set of photos for the progress of this tank, but i have a few.
there will be more shrimp tanks to come, cuz now i'm bitten by the bug, so soon i hope to get an ebi, and set up another 10, or just add a bunch more inverts to all my planted tanks.
so njoy, and hopefully there will be more to come.