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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-08-2009, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Cloudy water after aging?

Ok, I had been using water that had gone through my water softener. The test come back very low GH, but extremely high KH. AFter some reading I determined that I really shouldn't be using this water because it depletes the minerals that plants like to have. So I bipassed my Softener and was going to age some of the hard tap water. Last night, Putting that water from the tab into a 20 gallon plastic tub, it was very clear. This morning after checking on it, I notice that it has gone very cloudy, amost like thin milk. I will add that I had a heater and agitator on it and used WArdley's three in one-chlorine, chloramine, and ph buffer.

Has anyone else had water turn cloudy like this before even putting it into the tank. I Know sometimes you get cloudy water coming out of the tap and it is just bubbles that need time to dissipate, but thats not what this is.

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I am not familiar with that Wardley product at all so this is just a guess... Some buffers may cause cloudiness in really hard water, it's minerals precipitating out. Many years ago, I think it was Seachem which made a buffer/pH regulator which said right on the front of the label that the product could cause cloudiness in hard water.

To see if that is the problem, turn of the agitation and give it a day (or more). If the water looks clearer and there is a slight white coating in the bottom of the tub you have your answer.

I'm not too fond of all in one products. They don't always have the best ratio for YOUR water. If you only have chlorine just agitating the water for a day or two should eliminate most of the chlorine, it's not very stable. Cheap Sodium Thiosulfate would do it instantly. Not everyone has chloramine, You should be able to find out from your Water Dept. If you need to change the pH, a different product may give you better results without the clouding.
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Thanks, ill make up a batch without the buffer and see what happens.
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