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Mineralized Top-Soil Cloudiness

I just redid my tank with mineralized top-soil and capped it off good with small pea gravel that was in the tank before. I filled the tank back up very slowly and the water became very cloudy. I was wondering,through anyone else's experiences, how long it took for the cloudiness to clear. I'm only concerned because I have fish in the tank currently. They seem to be doing perfectly fine after an hour.
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how big a grain of gravel are you talking about? the cloudiness can go away only as fast as your filter can take care of it. did you use a plate or something like that when filling it back up.. or did you just put the water into the tank?

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Its aquarium gravel from wal-mart so its anywhere from 1/2 a centimeter to 1 centimeter. I used my water vacuum reversed to put the water back in so it was only a trickle the entire time. The fish still seem okay so I guess it will be however long the filter takes? Thanks for the response. Its been about two hours and still the same level of cloudiness.
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I just did this too , and I thought I had put enough of a cap on , but after I put 5 more pounds of gravel on top( and a water change) I stopped having the cloudy issue

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I woke up this morning and the cloudiness has gone down significantly. I guess it was just the initial settling . I got some water wisteria last night so I'm going to plant that today. I might get some more gravel to just in case. Thanks for your advice. All of the fish are fine which was my main concern.
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