So I recently got into keeping tropical fish (I was given a betta fish by a teacher because his cats kept trying to eat him...) and for about 2 weeks with me, my poor little guy was living in a tiny bowl that was totally unfit. After doing a bit of research, I purchased a 5 gallon aquarium and now he (Ziya) is happily living in there with a small heater, filter, attempts at plants, and some buddies. I have added 2 small mystery snails to the tank and 4 ghost shrimp (not all added at the beginning, the tank has been set up for maybe 3 weeks now?).
Since I'm totally new to this and not quite sure what I'm doing, I saw that tanks need to be cycled? I did not do this when I added Ziya since I wanted to get him out of his miniscule home, and now the water is easily clouded. I have been doing partial water changes ever 2 days but it gets cloudy in no time. I am using water conditioner, but I do not know the parameters of my water (I have a snow melt-off fed mountain well for water.) Is there anything I should be doing differently to make the water less cloudy and gross?
Also, I have the Tetra Power Filter Whisper 10i (the one with an extension tube type thing into the tank) and it has recently started leaking at the back. Any suggestions on how to fix this? And does anyone know of ways to reduce the flow a little because at times it seems a bit too strong.
One final question I swear! :)
With my betta, the 2 snails, and the 4 ghost shrimp, is that too many creatures for a 5 gallon tank? Or is there any room for some small compatible fish?
Thank you guys for all the help! :)