Thank you!! I was hoping for someone with a good bit of experience to throw their two-cents at me as I've never really felt I've gotten very far with my shrimp research (and I really should be spending my time on, say, Christmas stuff rather than finding a good shrimp forum to bug with my questions).
As far as AqAdvisor goes: yea, I know it's not an end-all, be-all sort of source, but it was about as good as anything else I seemed to be finding.
Wow...25 shrimp in a little 2.5...that would be a sight. I would like to do RCS at some point, but I can just pick up Ghosts locally whereas, as far as I know (haven't checked two other local places), I would have to order the RCS. Also I've heard that Ghosts are really good for beginners and thought I would give them a shot first. I did like the idea of having about 10 in the 10-gallon with him, and yea, it was their bioload that had me so completely confused on certain points with a shrimp only tank.
I'm fine with Ezra trying to eat them and can accept that -- I know there's at least a fair chance since, when I had some in with him, he liked checking his anacharis for any goodies to eat. So I sort of have an idea he might have a go at some shrimp. I also know that the girls might as well. So I figured it was good to be prepared.
I'm actually intending to do an NPT with the 10-gallon, which is why it's not set up yet: can't find the plants I want locally and have been too busy with work and school to look for some online until recently. So an NPT 2.5-gallon would be stable enough to not need 100% water changes? It makes sense that it would, but things are so different with the less than 5-gallons that I don't want to just assume, you know?
I do know shrimp love live plants to hide in, and I knew they really like java moss (and Marimo apparently), but I'll have to keep the Brazilian microsword in mind. Love that image of 500 shrimp jumping out at a finger from a sword plant, by the way, haha
I think my siphon might actually have a little "strainer", for lack of a better word, before the hose, so that might be good for the shrimp? Haha, "shrimp around"
I think the iodine thing was for shrimp in general, but I'd probably have to double-check.
And again, thank you! This has helped a lot! I'll have to see how my bettas react to them when I get them, but at least I can have a back-up plan just in case.