Some people will tell you not to run your lights while others tell you to run your lights. You will probably get a difference of opinion with your question. FYI
, I didn't run the lights at all when my tank was cycling. I really don't think it will make much of a difference either way though.
One more question. Should I add a shrimp to speed up the cycling process
No, you don't need the shrimp. The die-off on the LR
is more than enough to complete the cycle process. Adding the shrimp won't speed this up.