Observations of Trooper
Since I've taken the lid off the ecosphere and added back the water that dissipates from evaporation, Trooper has been more active and become graceful and acrobatic; actually venturing away from the glass and gliding freely through the water. Additionally, the little shrimp has molted twice now - and gotten noticeably bigger in the process. Now that I've been able to get a better look, I believe I have made a mistake - I have to say, I think Trooper... is a girl! I can see a very big, dark black spot on her back now, which, if I understand correctly, is the egg sack. Seeing how well she is thriving is making me more impatient for my tanks to be ready.
I've been testing the water regularly in the large jar (with the big ammonia) - it's been 2 weeks and I haven't seen any change.
In the small jar, I can see a very faint fuzzy circular outline of what I'm hoping will soon be algae. Not sure why that one is so far behind in the cycle, but it is what it is. I'm just not sure how much longer I should wait for the larger tank to have some kind of movement before I need to seek other solutions. I know I'm right in that sweet spot of 6-8 weeks post set up and I'm starting to feel like a kid before Christmas - antsy and restless.
So, I guess this was just more of a progress report and something to keep me occupied for a few minutes - to feel like I'm doing *something* shrimp tank related. Think I'll take up knitting while I wait... I hear that's relaxing. LOL