Hello, I started up my first planted tank last night. 2.5 gallons, plant to turn it into a shrimp tank. It's one of these http://answers.petco.com/answers/35...ktop-aquarium-questions-answers/questions.htm which has 21 LED lights (and three blue LEDs for "nighttime lighting"). As per suggestion (and some of my own choosing), I purchased: 2 dwarf sag 1 corkscrew val (Italian val was suggested, but the store's stock looked pretty sad, so I went with this instead) 1 hornwort bunch 1 banana plant In the bunch of hornwort, a sprig of narrow-leaf anacharis snuck in, so I got a free plant! I may not have enough lighting for either the anacharis of the banana plant, but the anacharis was free, and the banana plant was only $3 and I needed a short foreground plant, so we'll see how it works. I used Miracle-Gro garden soil (organic was suggested, but the store didn't have any, only potting soil). I filled the tank up about 1.5-2" (maybe a little too much, but I didn't want there to be too little). I planted the plants other than the banana plant, then covered with roughly 0.75" of black aquarium gravel. I nestled the banana plant in the gravel, then used a plate to help disperse the water as I filled the aquarium. Unfortunately, the tank turned terribly murky. I siphoned off the larger floating bits of dirt, and turned on the filter to hopefully pick up the smaller particulate. Even more unfortunately, this was obviously a bad idea, as it looked way worse in the morning. (The first picture was from last night, right after I filled it up, the second is from this morning.) You can't even see the plants in there! I turned the filter off right away, but there isn't much of a difference in the last few hours. Is the murkiness normal? Does it eventually sink and the water clears up? Should I never use the filter? At this point I'm sure the plants on the bottom aren't getting enough, if any light. Also, there's so much hornwort it blocks out much of the light, but I don't want to transfer it to my fished-tanks until I'm certain there aren't any pesky snails (picked out two already). Let me know if there's anything else you think I should do. Thanks!