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Smell coming from between fish tank and aquarium stand...

Has anyone experienced this? I do spill some water while doing water changes. Is it possible that the water seeped through between the tank and stand? I'm worried there might be something fishy (haha pun intended) going on under the tank.

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Do you have a lid on the aquarium? Missing any fish?
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What kind of smell? Dead,musty,moldy,rotten wood ? A leak in tank or water creeping over top ? Look/feel around bottom edge of tank for water or traces of water running down the side .

My wife says if I get one more aquarium she is going to leave me . I sure am going to miss her fried chicken .
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Also what is your stand made of? Most stands have a waterproof coating of some kind. If this is a repurposed furniture item or homemade stand it might be missing that.


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Do you have a lid on the aquarium? Missing any fish?
No lid and no missing fish! The area doesn't smell at all, it's literally just like close up on the tank where the tank meets the stand

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What kind of smell? Dead,musty,moldy,rotten wood ? A leak in tank or water creeping over top ? Look/feel around bottom edge of tank for water or traces of water running down the side .
Smells like when you go to the fish area of the grocery store. There's no leak or water coming over the top. I slid the tank around as much as it could go and didn't see any wet spots...

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Also what is your stand made of? Most stands have a waterproof coating of some kind. If this is a repurposed furniture item or homemade stand it might be missing that.
It's a random nightstand from Ikea. Next time I do a water change I'm going to remove the tank from the stand and see what's going on. I already did a 50% today, don't want to do a 90% again

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So a lot of those Ikea furniture pieces are either painted or even raw wood. Neither is a great place to have a tank because water can sink in and stay moist. Assuming it's coming from under the tank that would be my thoughts. If it's actually from the tank itself and you have a bad smell I would be looking for cyno bacteria aka blue green algae.


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Two options to consider? If it is a small tank as you mentioned moving it , perhaps tilting it up a 1/4 to 1/2 inch would let you spray something like vinegar in under the edge and then use both hands to slide a towel in the wape around to clear slow any mold or fungus that is starting. Important to wipe down any collected spray, though. Perhaps while tilted slightly, leave it tilted and place a fan or hairdryer if one that stays cool is handy.
One reason for not using a pad of any sort under my tanks is that most of us do spill water and it does get under the tank and can lead to various problems with the top. My wife tells me my nose is dead!!
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This is so e,barraging but I finally found the culprit. I scrubbed everything aquarium related possible.

Culprit: some repashy frozen foods I left out to thaw. It got put away on the bottom shelf for some reason and itís been sitting for DAYS.

Thank you everyone for the suggestions! Remembering not to feed the tank while busy.


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Mini pond: 3 guppies, 2 rosy red minnows
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This is so e,barraging but I finally found the culprit. I scrubbed everything aquarium related possible.

Culprit: some repashy frozen foods I left out to thaw. It got put away on the bottom shelf for some reason and itís been sitting for DAYS.

Thank you everyone for the suggestions! Remembering not to feed the tank while busy.


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Don't feel bad- I was away for 4 days of a business trip and when I got back my office (where my two tanks are) smelled HORRIBLE! I had rushed a feeding before my flight and left frozen cyclops out... yupp, pretty nasty....

Glad you found it and that is was nothing TOO bad!



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