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Water changing

Wright wrote:

>A few random bubbles on the glass aren't the culprit, usually. It's when the
>water comes out of the tap looking quite milky that you can do real damage.
>If your "Python" outlet water doesn't look cloudy, as it enters the tank,
>you probably have no problem at all.

In the colder areas of the country, this is a winter problem.  It happens
when the reservoirs are iced over and the water is very cold.  One trick to
use to degas the water somewhat is to ditch the gavel vac end of the Python
when putting water back into the tank, and put on one of the "gentle
shower" type sprayer head used for watering the garden.  This fine spray
will outgas much more than the solid stream of water that comes through the
Python.  It's _still_ better to do smaller, more frequent changes if you
have a high gas content in your tap water, but this method can be a
significant improvement.