You can do what's called a fish-in cycle. Read about it here: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...ecific-107771/
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But it's not totally necessary. You will need to change water a lot. Use Prime conditioner every day, and especially with every water change.
If you have enough plants and rocks and decor for the shrimp to hide behind, he won't eat them all. It's good for him to catch some. They breed.