In regards to the cloudiness, that has occurred because you have built a little slice of Mother Nature. Since there are no fish, you are getting microscopic animals like heterotrophic bacteria or daphnia, copepods, etc. Once you add fish and cycle the tank, it will balance and eventually clear up.
In regards to the noisy filter, make sure you have the intake tube seated properly and that there is no damage to the impeller. Call 1-800-526-0650 if you need more help, such as a replacement impeller.
Date published: 2018-03-13