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I've got a new filter being delivered. I have a spare small tank (like 10l) to cycle the new filter in . It's one that's just a sponge filter... seems to be what lots of people use with their shrimp. Popsock for now tho got it. No shrimp but I'm sure it can't hurt to have it on there. I do leave one of the side pieces of glass normally but it got quite bad so I cleared it off with last week's water change. Will leave the back glass to build up algae. I always worry with leaving the glass to gather algae I always thought it should be removed. I did thinknI shouldn't be needing to keep replacing the plants it's reassuring to know I can just leave them to grow. I got rid of one the other month cause there were roots and I stupidly thought it wouldn't be ok cause my tank isn't planted (what I perceive to be having to be trimed and maintained). Very glad to know this about the plantsAquasafe&easybalance are fine so no change there 15% water change weekly is no problem eather and iam glad you bring your water up to temperature as again shock will kill shrimp but your fish would be ok with a slight discrepancy Your filter is also fine what I would do is slide a popsosk over the grill at the intake, it's ok for adult shrimp but young will get sucked into the filter and die,just remove both as required and a gentle swill in aquarium water when you do your water change. Don't clean one of the tank glass you need the biofilm to build up as this is what the shrimp need (very important) proberly the one at the back, you could put a picture on the outside just to make it look nice, I would also leave the biofilm build up on ornaments, I would strongly advise anyone making RO WATER to still treat with prime or any other chlorine remover although our units remove chlorine we can never be 100%positive that the filter is up to scratch especially with age,it's to late when your shrimp die, for a very long time my mix as been worked on every 10ltr of water I use 1ml of prime it's not a lot for piece of mind and that's a recommendation from prime themselves. There's no need to change your plants every 4/5 weeks just as they get established you take them out, leave them in if you get a leaf that's died or been eaten cut it out at the base and a new one will regrow ,leave the plant in the tank to do this you don't want to disturb the root system, taking the rocks out maybe a good idea and replace with ornament from a fish store that way you know there's no nasties going in, because you've got fish and shrimp living along side each other I'll try not put to much on the emphasis of shrimp yet there are things like the biofilm that are a must so it's try and build a happy medium.