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Cloudy water changes

Everytime i change water, the water is very cloudy for a few hours. Is there anything i can do to stop this cloudyness?
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What do you think causes the clouds? If it is the substrate, just add water slowly to prevent the dust storm. If it is something else, maybe the mechanical filtration needs to be improved?


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What do you think causes the clouds? If it is the substrate, just add water slowly to prevent the dust storm. If it is something else, maybe the mechanical filtration needs to be improved?
I honestly have no clue, its not the substrate because of the way I do water changes. I put a 1 gallon tank overtop the aquarium and siphon the new water into the tank via an airline tubing over a period of a few hours.

Otherwise I am using an Eheim 2213 i just got yesterday, but the water changes was cloudly before i got the new filter.

I am using the filter material that came with the 2213.
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I sometimes get cloudiness right after a waterchange. Like yours mine goes away after a few hours. I suspect that it's gas in the water. If it really bothers you or to test the theory out let your water sit a few hours before introducing it to the tank.

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Actually I do this already.

When i pour the 5 gallon bucket of water I add 1tbs of baking soda (to increase the KH), a tiny amount of salt, and 5ml of start right (to neutralize heavy minerals/metals), then I let it sit for 5-6 hours to warm up, because the water directly from the well is 40ish degrees.

Then i dip it out with a 1 gallon container, place it overtop the tank and siphon it into the tank via an airline hose, and keep the bucket filled so it enters the tank slowly.
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I have the same problem whenever I use tap water -- even if it has been sitting for a week or two. I assume some type of additive causes the cloudiness since it does not occur when I use bottled (distilled) water.

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Then i dip it out with a 1 gallon container, place it overtop the tank and siphon it into the tank via an airline hose, and keep the bucket filled so it enters the tank slowly.
An airline hose, You are one patient person. . .I use a garden hose
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try without the baking soda , its possible your getting precipitation of some sort
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