I am trying to cycle my sand-substrate 5 gallon tank with snails (and feeding the snails). I don't kow how effective this method is, since I am too lazy to test the water. I am doing lots of water changes, though. It used to have ramshorn, but now it only has MTS.
. This probably isn't even cycleing the tank properly, so don't try it and then when it doesn't work say "but small fry said...", because I didn't. That is my story, and I am sticking to it.
I wish I knew more about the shrimp method. I was thinking about useing it myself but it kinda grosses me out, me, loveing shrimp and everything (ghost shrimp).
Good luck cycleing your tank! I recommend useing Stability if you have the extra $10 lying around (where is that extra cash when you need it? lol).