well, first of all thank you for this forum. i am new to it. and i've been lurking over the past few weeks or so.
I inherited a 30 gallon long tank. I did a good job of cleaning it up using water and vinegar. So after letting it completely dry out over the past week I went to the fish store today to get supplies.
I purchased an aqueon quiet flow 30 filter (got the one for a 45 gallon tank), got the heater. I did a lot of reading on doing a planted aquarium. I purchased for gravel - a mix of Bio-Activ activ flora (20 lbs) and two 5 pounds of Carib Sea Super Natural. Earlier, I placed the gravel into the tank and then carefully as I could fill it up
I don't think I did that great of a job b/c my tank now is a very cloudy mess. I turned my heater and filter on.
Should I keep the filter on or shut it off so everything can settle? Any advice? Anything stand out as a huge mistake? I hope not. I really believe I did a lot of reading before pursuing this.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
edit - i turned off my filter. i thought it made more sense.