I always consider plants or cycling as a buffer, not a replacement to water changes. They just mean that if for any reason I can't do one of my scheduled changes the tank can survive an extra day or 2. I find it a better way to look at things, otherwise you're tempted to be lazy and not do a change ;)
Anyways, back ON Topic:
I really want to try and find some of the different varieties of shrimp for my tank to add some more color but all I can ever find are Ghosties and the odd Red Cherry. I wish I could find some Greens or Bamboo or Amanos around here.
My male recently after his last molting decided to change color a bit. Now he has brown markings. Not really Amano like, just random highlights of brown here and there.