10-10-2012, 11:16 AM
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I would remove any dead shrimp and just let the plants handle the "cycling." Once you have those mentioned, and the shrimp removed and a major water change, you can add a few fish. If you indicate the species intended for this tank, I or others may be able to suggest which and how many to start with. The idea behind planteed tanks is that the plants use the amon ia right from the start and nitrite is not an issue.
Niot exactly sure what you mean by the "liquids" but will guess it may be bacterial supplements to "cycle" a new tank. Yes, those that are pure live bacteria do work, but with plants including some fast growing ones this is not necessary.
You will need a comprehensive liquid fertilizer for the plants, I can suggest some if asked. Howe large is this tank? Water Sprite
, Amazon Frogbit
and Dwarf Water Lettuce are all floating plants and very fast growing, so you will cover the surface in no time.