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DIY CO2 causing clouds?

Still battling a cloudy tank. I have noticed at the end of my co2 line, there is some buildup, usually after a week of use. Does DIY co2 of yeast and sugar eventually start clouding up the tank? I have it going through a DIY syringe bubble counter/check valve, and diffusing through my canister filter.

I have tried carbon, but it really doesn't do as much as it should, and my fine filter pad is still nice and clean.

I have an otocinclus and a rubberlip pleco that have been working on algae for 2 weeks now, and its pretty much spotless, and my diatom problem seems to be gone.

I turned on my first light this morning in the tank, and it was ok, not too cloudy. Throughout the day, it seems like it has gotten a lot worse.

Is there a reaction with it that I did not hear about? Is there something else in my tank causing it? I just did a 50% water change 4 days ago.

My camera is in the shop, so I don't have any pictures.
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How long has your tank been set up?

Some growth at the end of the tubing when using DIY CO2 is normal. This occurs even when you are using a separator (as you may have already noticed).

If cloudiness gets worse throughout the day, and is not so bad in the morning, I would be more tempted to say it is the beginning of a green water (green algae) bloom.

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Tank has been up almost four months now. I introduced the co2 about a month ago.

I have had the cloudiness for about a month so far.
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I also have a thin white layer of "stuff" forming at surface level. It looks really weird, and I can not get the right angle to get a picture of it. Was not there before I put in the DIY co2.
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Put a separator bottle between the yeast bottle and the tank. Keep the yeast and sugar out of the tank.
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I also have a thin white layer of "stuff" forming at surface level. It looks really weird, and I can not get the right angle to get a picture of it. Was not there before I put in the DIY co2.
It might be a coincidence that you have a layer of protein scum forming at the time you started using DIY CO2.

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Put a separator bottle between the yeast bottle and the tank. Keep the yeast and sugar out of the tank.

Is there a topic with pics discussing that?
Just run a line into another bottle, then into the tank?

Co2 mix > Empty bottle > tank ?

I take it I need a protein skimmer for the surface?
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