Originally Posted by dan81
...My Girlfriend keeps telling me to take it out cause its ugly, so I think I can manage to leave it a little longer before I break down and remove it
Ahhh... yes, you need to delicately balance the tank/girlfriend relationship. Assuming you want to keep the tank. Or the girlfriend. Or both.
With that said, you're probably OK taking the shrimp out now seeing that there are other factors in the equation, but leaving it in will just build up even more bacteria - not a bad thing.