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Old 10-02-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Sulfuric Bog Tank -- what is causing this???


I have a mystery on my hands... I have a 10 gallon guppy tank, very lightly populated (3 adults, two sub-adults and two juvies, plus brand-new fry). A mystery snail (added after said stink started). Same substrate as several of my other tanks (Turface), same ferts, same plants, everything. Except for the guppies inhabiting it. This thing STINKS. It smells highly sulfuric. Like I have a volcano in my living room. The parameters are PERFECT, there is plenty of air flow, the plants aren't rotting. The inhabitants are incredibly healthy and energetic. They popped out fry, which are equally healthy and energetic. I've tried almost everything -- nearly complete water changes, swapping out filter media for stuff from a non-odoriferous tank... you name it. I need to figure out what is going on here, because this thing is offensive. I may just move it somewhere else, since everyone and everything seems happy, but BLEH!
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:01 PM   #2
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I had the same horrific smell on one of my tanks last week. I changed 30-40% of the water with cooler water and the smell went away. I think whatever caused it reacted even more with the heat inside and outside of the tank. Ive turned off our AC indoors so the room temp is around 78-80 in that room.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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I Would suggest taking a long marshmellow stick or something and poking holes in the substrate. Could be you have gas pockets in your substrate slowly being released into the water. Vent the substrate a bit and then do a water change.
Maybe thatll help o_0
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:30 PM   #4
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I would think that something may have died and you haven't found it. Got snails maybe?
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I think whatever caused it reacted even more with the heat inside and outside of the tank. Ive turned off our AC indoors so the room temp is around 78-80 in that room.
I do have to wonder if it has something to do with the room temp. Since I set up the tank, it hasn't been below 69 degrees in there, more often being up around 75.

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I Would suggest taking a long marshmellow stick or something and poking holes in the substrate. Could be you have gas pockets in your substrate slowly being released into the water. Vent the substrate a bit and then do a water change.
I'll give this a try. It very well could be gas bubbles. I have noticed that the Turface does hold air somewhat more aggressively than other substrates. I need to rescape it anyway, so maybe I'll just take everyone out and stir up really well.

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I would think that something may have died and you haven't found it. Got snails maybe?
It's not a gross decaying snail/fish/plant matter smell. It truly smells like sulfur gas. I've had the tank up for several months now and it's been there pretty much from the get-go. It started before there were any fish or inverts in there. It was very slight. I changed filter systems and that didn't have an effect on it. It isn't in the filter. It seems to be coming off the water. Our water is sulfur-free (well, as much as ground water can be, anyway). I'm almost wondering if it got seeded with some non-harmful, very stinky bacteria that just keeps burping out this stink. I may pull all of the substrate and start over completely.
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Maybe its the "Mutant Strain" Glosso !!!! ha ha , thats its secret ingredient ;-)
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I think it is anaerobic pocket. A lot of times, it happens because of substrate compaction. Try a search on this in the substrate section and you'll see this mentioned.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:39 AM   #8
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Some suggestions have been repeated:

1) Do you replace carbon cartridge in water filter?
2) Poke at substrate
3) Airstone
4) Circulation, is current in general cw or ccw to stir and minimize stagnant anaerobic corners
5) Do Water conditioners have high thiol sulfates? Do you overdose, and not do sufficient water changes or gravel siphoning?
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