While at the LFS I decided to consider putting shrimp into the new tank. While thinking about this one of the store reps answered a few questions about the ideal I thought appropriately.
Now, with all of 10 minutes of research, I found that most freshwater shrimp are not fond of warm water, I'm likely going to be in the 79F range.
Shrimp are not good to put in new tanks, which makes some amount of sense as they eat algae which takes some time to establish... along with other bottom build up.
Shrimp are intolerant, deathly so, to copper. I don't have my water test results handy but I think that there is some level of copper in there.
Then there is the obvious, they are small and could get eaten.... I'm not fond of buying expensive shrimp only to have my other fish have sushi on me.
Long and short is that I am not going to bring home even some cheap shrimp to toss in the tank right away.
So, this brings me to my second tank, which has been in the back if my mind of late. I was considering plants only but thought that a shrimp tank might be interesting. Many plants are listed as slow growers in warmer water which sounds good for shrimp.
Can I get away without filtration and maybe just put a very small power head in to keep things moving?
I'm thinking a 20gallon extra tall as a minimum, that's 24" tall I believe. I'm sure there are different chores to do if there are only shrimp, I'll figure those out later.