05-05-2011, 04:34 PM
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First, having now seen the photos, the cloudiness in my view is due to this being a new tank. Sometimes they clear in a few days, sometimes a few weeks. As long as ammonia and nitrite are zero, and the fish seem normal, not a problem.
Though I have not used the Aqueon plant food, from the ingredients on their website it looks pretty good. How much do you need to use, according to their label? Just curious.
The plants are aquatic, all stem plants. As for planting, separate the stems, it will prevent (somewhat) dying off of the lower leaves. They do look nice in groups, but if too close the lower leaves will not get enough light or water circulation. Poke the cut ends down into the gravel as far as you can, it should hold them.