Mattgirl, you gave me some advice in another thread recently about cycling a second new tank… my first tank has only gravel. For the second tank, I decided to try sand over gravel. The sand is pretty fine (aqua terra). I washed it really well in a pillow case before adding it to the water and used a saucer to pour in my water slowly. I literally just set up the tank yesterday, but I’m a little bummed that it’s a little cloudy. I may not have noticed it that much if it were not right next to my other tank. The other tank has crystal clear water and always has. For the tank with the sand, I put some sponge in the strainer to try to keep from stirring up the sand. Any tips to clear it up a little? Forgive me for asking if this is a taboo topic, but would it be bad to add some water clarifier? Any advice? TIA!I have inexpensive pool filter sand in my tanks. I rinsed it really really well before it went in my tank. It never caused cloudy/dirty water. I switched out the gravel in my fully cycled fully stocked tank without removing the fish and all the water and it never made the water cloudy. Elbert is constantly rearranging the sand and even he can't cause cloudy water with it.
You may have to replace what you have with a different kind to get rid of what's happening in this tank.