if the clouds are little "bursts" coming from the pump then it's pickup up air bubbles, and when the bubbles get sucked into the pump they're smashed into tiny tiny bubbles and thats where that's coming from. Is your pump internal or external? If it's external you may have a small pinhole leaks in the plumbing somewhere before the pump. If the pump is internal then as long as it's not sucking in air from the surface it probably just had a few bubbles stuck in it when you put it in the tank and they'll go away shortly.
I'll agree with XXFireFighter, your LR
will add the amonia you need for your cycle if it is not cured LR
. If it is cured, then you might still need to add a shrimp to cycle. I would suggest adding all the LR
you want at once as it is a lot more work and a delicate process to add additional LR
to an already established and inhabbited tank.
You readings should go like this:
1) Ammonia should rise sharply.
2) Nitrites should then begin to rise.
3) Ammonia should begin to fall
4) Nitrates should begin to rise as ammonia disappears
5) Nitrates will continue to climb as nitrites fall and dissapear
6) when Ammonia and Nitrite are gone your cycle is "finished" as Nitrates are very slow to disappear
many tanks continue to have Nitrates throughout their life. When you've reached step 6 do a 20% water change and if you used a shrimp you can remove it if you have fish to add to the tank. If you dont have fish yet, IMO
, leave it in the tank so it continues to provide ammonia to feed the bacteria you just worked to create.
When you reach stage 5, set up a QT
tank and get the fish you want to add to your tank and put them in the QT
) this way when you tank is ready after stage 6, your fish have already been QT
'd and you can add them right to the tank (after Acclimation