Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
For planted tanks low tech is also really easy, I just use 2" dirt with a 1-2" cap of sand. You can use topsoil from your yard for the dirt, or buy some from your local Home Depot/Lowe's, just make sure you buy 100% organic soil/potting mix WITHOUT fertilizer of any kind. For sand, I love Quikrete's Play Sand (mostly brown) or Fine Grain sand (which looks like beach sand).
Good low light plants include anubias, cryptocorynes, bolbitis heudelotii, java fern, java moss, some types of swords, and many floaters like duckweed and frogbit.
After you add your water (I suggest you put down a plate on top of the sand in the tank and pour the water onto it to avoid disturbing the sand or even worse, the dirt under it), the cloudiness should clear up in a couple of days. Faster if you rinse the dust out of the sand, although if you use fine grain it should clear in less than 6 hours even if it's not washed.
Boiling your water won't affect anything, cloudiness at the beginning is caused by dirt particles that haven't settled down yet.