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post #1 of 5 Old 11-26-2010, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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think i need some help

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
with water.

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.

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-26-2010, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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i just tested the ph and it is above 7.6.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-27-2010, 01:38 AM
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Run the filter to clear up the water.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-27-2010, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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run the filter? wouldn't the sand clog up the motor in the filter? the sand won't damage my filter?
the tank is still very cloudy. there hasn't been any improvement.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-27-2010, 10:04 AM
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Most of the stuff that is making the water cloudy is dirt, not sand particles.

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