WhiteCloud: "don't turn on actinics" this is the first I've heard that... not sure if I buy it. Your other two points on keeping the skimmer off and seeding the tank with LS
from an established tank are spot on.
Caspert3t: Welcome to AquariumAdvice.com
a 1 gallon tank? thats quite small. you VERY likely have ammonia off the chart even with just a small piece of shrimp. IMO
, I would change out 1 cup of water a day until the ammonia gets to a readable level. TOO high of an ammonia level I think would keep anything from getting a foot hold in the system.
FynFysh818: It can take anywhere from 1 week to 4 weeks. There are a lot of unknown factors involved. I think a lot of them have to do with the tank, the water temperature, salinity and even the shrimp itself. Some shrimp may "come with" more bacteria already and speed things up... just theories of mine anyway
hang in there, it all happens naturally and will finish when it's ready. be pateint