Will cloudy water dissapear without a filter? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-31-2017, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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So I have a 2.2 gallon aquarium, and added unrinsed nutrient rich substrate to the bottom, and then topped it with a small layer of black, rinsed gravel. I then proceeded to fill up the tank. And planted some plants and added a small peice of driftwood. In this process some small particles were released from the substrate, turning the water cloudy. I tried installing this small external filter to it, but the filter was broken or something and it wasnt strong enough to suck the water up. So basically, the tank is cloudy due to loose particles from the substrate, and i was wondering if the cloudiness will dissapear, even without the filter. Any advice would be very helpful! Thanks! Also, there are these air pockets in the substrate. Will they dissapear eventually?
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I've had some 1gal vases that I've aqua-planted (and some pond snails), which were also cloudy when first set up. They cleared up in a day (maybe two?). Some substrate bubbles needed a poke with a skewer to vent. Before too long, I added an airlift sponge filter (diy, thin profile with the tube up to a 90deg fitting the top) with gentle flow to make sure gas exchange happens and snail poop doesn't screw it all up too much. I recommend some small filter, even without creatures.
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