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aging water for Discus

I have a 90 gal. Discus tank{about 11/2 years}had a few issues and losses but got some great help from Paul and made some major changes.Things are coming together.One thing I did was try aging the water for changes.I used a new 30 gal. brute can.One of the reasons for doing this is my city water is under a lot of pressure and produces a lot of micro bubbles when refilling.It has been two weeks now and today I noticed a fine brown silt in the bottom of the barrel.I think I will go back to the old way I found that if I fill the python tube with matting and cover with a media bag the bubbles are eliminated also because I do a water change every other day I don't think that is enough time for the water to age anyway.So any comments...
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If your new routine results in the elimination of bubbles, Doogy, it would seem you have nothing to be concerned about.
As for the presence of silt when water sits for a while, so long as your water testing detects no significant pH swing, and no presence of any toxin, i.e. ammonia, nitrite or nitrate, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
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Tap water always has some silt in it but normally not enough to be noticed in the large container. You might have more silt that most people. You can get water filter that will easily remove it.
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A little bit of brown scum always forms on the bottom of my barrel. Even if I rinse it out thoroughly and only fill it with RO/DI water. I assume it's just a little bacterial or even algal growth.

The only sure way to remove dissolved gases is to heat the water to aquarium temperature. I consider the water "aged" once that's done even if it only takes a few hours.
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