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RE: water changes

>A few random bubbles on the glass aren't the culprit, usually. It's when 
>water comes out of the tap looking quite milky that you can do real 
>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.<<

Karen: (or anybody)

Would these water changes from the tap with high nitrogen gas actually 
contribute to an algae bloom? Without de-gassing the water, would my 
frequent water changes actually make an algae problem worse?

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