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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-13-2012, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, so i redirted my 10g in my room about a week ago and my room is STINKY, smells like dirt and rotting plant matter, is that from my previous substrate? i sprayed air fresheners in my room and they smell has almost dissapeared, but was it my old dirt that did that????????
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How much of your old dirt did you leave in the tank? Did it stink before you replaced it or added to it?
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Its probably all the dying bacteria in your old substrate. Different bacteria colonies form in different places in your substrate, when you mix it up, lots of them die from being in a different environment.
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Its probably all the dying bacteria in your old substrate. Different bacteria colonies form in different places in your substrate, when you mix it up, lots of them die from being in a different environment.
+1! I recently replaced the sand in one of my tanks that was about a year old. It smelled pretty awful too. I also had a few fish deaths in which I never recovered or found the fishes bodies, so I'm sure that contributed to the stank.
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Its probably all the dying bacteria in your old substrate. Different bacteria colonies form in different places in your substrate, when you mix it up, lots of them die from being in a different environment.
Not dying bacteria, dying organic material. Soil is organic material. Soil is made of leaves, plant matter, and manure. Organic material rots and decays, and it stinks. It smells like garbage and rotten eggs. Over time, any soil in water, in a confined space decays and rots.

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I recently replaced the sand in one of my tanks that was about a year old. It smelled pretty awful too. I also had a few fish deaths in which I never recovered or found the fishes bodies, so I'm sure that contributed to the stank.
Sand is not organic and does not rot, however it traps all the decaying organic material that settles to the bottom: fish poop, leaf litter, and fish food. It smells just as bad as rotting soil.

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Anaerobic bacteria produce sulfides (rotting egg smell) that without proper aeration results in its buildup, I recommend poking substrate with a thin rod or add some trumpet snails
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I replaced sand with dirt in my tank and it hasn't smelled like anything.

ADJ, I saw your previous topic about redoing your tank. I think you chose a soil with too much organic matter and fertilizer for whatever plants you are using.
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