I added safestart to Bahari's tank the other day along with a little bit of filter foam to the filter. I'm hoping this will do the trick with the stupid cycle. I'm getting plants next week and PandaBetta has a sale of $1 red cherry shrimp. My snail seems to be having troubles cleaning the algae but I need the tank to cycle to add shrimp.
I do notice that Nero seems to move more at night. During the day she stays at the water surface but at night (well, in the morning when I wake up) I often see her near the bottom. There's just so much algae!
I read about RCS that they can adjust to many water parameters but need a minimum of 10 gallons? I hope the 5.5 will be fine for just one shrimp. Plenty of food, both algae and pellets that Bahari lets sink. Won't have to worry about predators since Bahari is blind as a bat and stays at the surface usually.
RCS won't harm HIM, right? Lol.