I decided to install a small fountain the other month. Thanks to the generousity of friends and neighbours, we accumulated many of the parts from a motor to a bucket contraption that receives the device. Here, I learned a quick lesson on patience.
Initially, the water that came out was cloudy and appeared muddy. This was due to the silt that found its way into the bucket below as well as the fountain proper. I was conflicted. The quick solution would be to take it apart and clean it by hand, add more water and try again.
I didn't do that.