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Help!! Water smells and algae is growing!

hey guys sorry if this is the wrong place but i have a problem. I am a planted tank newbie and set up my 5.5 gallon tank 3 weeks ago waiting for it to cycle. I now have algae growing on my tank walls and the water has a unpleasant smell to it. The only inhabitants are pond snails.

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no co2
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some javamoss, pygmy chain swords and a little wisteria

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I'm thinking that it is still cycling a bit (making the smell) and there are some extra nutrients causing the algae to grow.
My suggestions are to get some fast growing plants and to manually remove as much algae as you can
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Use some fresh charcoal to remove the smell.
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Use some fresh charcoal to remove the smell.
what kind of charcoal is this? could you explain just a tad more?

also i think the cycling is very close to complete, there seems to be 0 ammonia and a tiny bit of nitrate left. To clean the algae should i just use a something to wipe it off?
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Um activated carbon I call it charcoal you can basically use any kind you like or have on hand.
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would water changes help with the smell?
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I think you have blue green algae. Blue green algae stinks. Try getting on google to get an id on it with reference to what you have in you tank. If it is blue green algae, do what references suggests.

Water changes will reduce the smell. However, solving it to the root is best. Good luck.
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What algae are they? http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm

How are you cycling the tank?


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I'd do a water change and add some Purigen to your filter.

Where are you in your cycle; what are your water parameter readings?

Do you have a surface scum building up on the tank by any chance?

Algae growth on the tank walls is normal, especially if it's brown algae. Just clean it off and do the water change right afterwards. A paper towel will do the trick if you don't have an algae scraper (my favorites are the Mag Floats).





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I believe my cycle is complete, says 0 ammonia, 0 nitrates and little nitrites.

No surface scum so i think it will be ok just wiping it from the glass, i'll have to head to petco tomorrow night to grab a mag float.
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But how *did* you cycle? Did you add an ammonia source? What kind? To me, it sounds like you just set up the tank and waited.


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You should be registering some nitrate by now if your nitrite has started to convert, but you have none so it has not, that means the hardest part is yet to come. You haven't even started to cycle due to the lack of fish (cycle needs a stronger source of ammonia than snails). It's complete after ammonia and nitrIte reach zero after spiking over 2 to 5ppm, and nitrAte should read 5ppm or more as a result. It won't start until you start adding pure ammonia, or a fish.

Ignore the smell and the algae. Add a few bunches of stem plants. Read more about the nitrogen cycle.

http://aquamaniacs.net/forum/cms_vie...cle.php?aid=14

http://aquamaniacs.net/forum/cms_vie...cle.php?aid=31


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