06-02-2012, 07:34 PM
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I imagine (but I could be wrong) that you would be able to see the water motion with the cloudy water. Or not - you tell me. I think the problem is more the cloudy water than the filter. I don't think any filter, including the Aquaclear, can filter out single-celled animals, which is what you may have, although everything I've heard tells me a bacterial bloom doesn't last as long as your tank has been cloudy.
I don't know what color the cloudiness is, but do you think the driftwood might still be leaking tannins and that might be the source of the cloudiness? If so, by all means pull out the driftwood and let it sit in a bucket, changing the water periodically until the water stays clear.
This is a tough problem for me. One thing I do know is if the filter is on and running and not picking up the particles in the water, they're very small and comventional filters would not be able to pick them up. The cloudy material is just floating in the water, in a suspension. If it were heavier, it would fall to the bottom of the tank.
Anyway, I don't recommend you buying a new filter unless there's a reason beside the water cloudiness that you don't like it or unless you just want to have a certain filter, I would try to get help with the source of the problem, the cloudy water. In my estimation, a new filter - barring a diatom filter - will not solve the problem. I hope some other members hop in to help. I will be here to respond to questions.