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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-11-2003, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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How do I get rid of the smell in my tank. I can only smell it when I am up close to it but it still smells pretty bad an I would like to get rid of it !
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How about a couple of 50% water changes. 1 a day for three days.

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we could use some more info about your tank though to find out if there is a reason why it is smelling this bad. Is your tank planted? What size is your tank? What kind of fish do you have? How many fish?

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He is right. We need more info.
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Does it smell fishy, like at a dock? Or does it smell like that musty, planted tank scent that I am very fond of?
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Its a 49G
4 Gold Fish, 5 White Mountian Minnows, 6 Guppies, 2 Frogs and 2 Sucker Fish

It has no live plans right now, I am kepping my sisters 4 gold fish untill she gets her tank fixed. The Gold fish eat the live plants. The tank smells kinda moldy its hard to explain. It has a filter system and a couple of bubble things too. I will try changing the water 50% more often. Thanks for all your help, Guys
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For a non-planted tank, adding activated carbon (available @ pet store) to your filter will reduce any smells too.


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The odor is an indicator of poor water quality - obviously. Like everyone said, change the water until the smell goes away. The only reason I'm posting is that I often recommend smaller water changes to folks in your situation - like 20% a day rather than 50% a day. The reason is that if the tank hasn't been maintained with regular water changes, the water parameters in the tank (most importantly pH) can be very different from the tap water. Doing smaller changes lets the water parameters change more slowly - so the fish can have a little more time to adjust. It will obviously take more days of 20% changes to get rid of the odor.

If you are very good about maintaining your tank and do regular water changes, then the 50% change isn't bad at all because the tank water is very nearly the same as the tap water already.

Marcel takes good care of his tanks and it's perfectly safe for him to do a 50% change. For someone who has let the tank go - it might be just a little bit safer to do smaller water changes initially.

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In my place,freshly drawn tapwater has a chlorine/chloramine smell.I aerate the water and add dechlorinator and it is gone in less than 1 hour.

Yours can be reduced by water changing and in "weird" way, change water and put a fan over there....hehehe :lol:
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as far as it concerns the goldfish, I don't think they mind the smell. Have you smelled some pondwater?

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