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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-23-2015, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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Sand smells strange

I bought a 50lb bag of basalt sand from home depot to put in a 29. I was rinsing it today and noticed that if I picked up a handful of wet sand it smells fishy, like I just came back from fishing kind of fishy. Is this a problem? The water didn't come perfectly clear, it was really dark and nasty at fist then got to a cloudy but not dark color.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-23-2015, 06:25 AM
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There might be some bacteria growing in basalt sand because of the minerals it contains and you might be smelling their metabolised products - fishy or sulphurous. These are free-living bacteria and will not cause disease.

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That's good too know. Thanks. I was kind of concerned about it. I wasn't sure if maybe there was salt or something in it yet.
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You could always boil it.
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