Thanks for all the support and advice. I'm pretty relieved that it seems that my bag is fine. I really didn't want to go through the hassle of contacting people for replacements and then waiting for it and doing it all again.
I only used the clarifier the one time, and haven't used it since. i don't really like using it either, since it creates little gooey lines of gunk on everything anyway..
I guess I do need a bit more patience. This is not only my first planted tank, but my first aquarium tank in general. I caught this bug while experimenting with things in my girlfriend's turtle tank. I managed to find some fish combinations that they couldn't eat (couldn't catch is more like it) but I didn't have any success with plants, since they'd eat everything, no matter how distasteful the plant was said to be. From this sprang my idea for a planted tank. So forgive me for being a total noob.. This forum has already helped a lot, just with it's huge stock of information.
Ah, and the tank is just a 10Gal. My plan is to create a good foundation for plants as well as having everything generally set up to attempt to breed red cherry shrimp, but also to keep some fish, but that will all come later, and is for another forum ^_-
A lot of the cloud has been settling, but then is easily stirred up again. I wonder how much is in the filter, and if maybe I could periodically clean it out to permanently get rid of at least a portion of the cloud.
I take it that that would generally be a bad idea, considering I'd also be washing off a good amount of beneficial bacteria, no?
Patience is so hard... ^_^
Here's a pic now. There's still some haze in it, but like you've all said, it's getting better. Sorry for the quality of the picture, and for showing a nearly bare tank in a planted forum.