Not experienced with this but many aquarist use a plant substrate like Eco—Complete. They then plant the plant and cover the rest of the Open soil with a inch or so of sand. You could also use only. Water collumn feeders like java fern or anubius.
Another option if you want to use soil plants than only putting plant gravel around the plants and then lightly covering it to blend it in but have it barely accessible could also work. This option could also work with regular gravel and root tabs.
Hi Delaney. Can you be more specific? There are lots of reasons for cloudy water, such as substrate getting kicked up, water hardness, etc. if you don’t have hard water and it doesn’t settle then I’d do a water change and see if that helps.
Hey guys... Hope you all keeping well... I have 4 fire belly newts and one looks very bloated... I have seperate him and moved him to his own enclosure so he can get better hopefully but I don't have a filter in this specific enclosure. Please can you guys advise if I need to get him one or whether I can leave it? I have read a lot of articles that say they prefer still water and I can change his water frequently keeping it clean. Please advise