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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-02-2011, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Came home from school today to find that putrid smell from aquarium had intensified although I performed large water change yesterday. Red tail black shark and one zebra danio dead. Other fish struggling for air. This came after the addition of live plants and carbon dioxide-no prior problems. There is also this weird film type of algae growing that I had not seen before. Distressed. Just wanting to give the hobby up....
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Give us some photos if you can and let us try and solve the problem


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Film type suggests cyano.
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sure does and I have heard that it stinks terrible


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Did you add diy co2 or the hagen co2? If so, it could be releasing too much co2 causing fish to gasp for air and the film and smell could be the yeast mixture leaking into the tank.
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If it stinks like eggs you may have gone anaerobic in your substrate and have experienced an outgassing of H2S (hydrogen sulfide); a nasty and rather toxic substance for aquariums that can pop up in aquariums.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_sulfide

Please describe the smell and the film in more detail and we'll do all we can to help you through this.
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After beginning of deaths on Monday, I removed 30% of the water for increased water agitation=oxygen. In the process I was able to save on Zebra Danio(now going by the name of "Champion"). The smell has since decreased dramatically. I don't know what I would have described it as now because it has been a little while. As for the algae, here are some pictures for you to reference.
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Yes, I realize this is disgusting.
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You didn't answer the question above about how co2 is injected.

How long has the tank been set up? Size tank? Filter? inhabitants?

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Is your yeast mixture seeping into the tank?
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I think you're looking at a rebuild.. Think of it as a chance to Rescape? Perhaps a rebuild is too drastic - folks here will get you through it. Just answer their questions as specifically as you can.


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Looks like yeast leaking from the co2.
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You didn't answer the question above about how co2 is injected.

How long has the tank been set up? Size tank? Filter? inhabitants?

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Tank been set up for nearly a year. Plants for nearly 2 months. 20 gallons. Aqueon Power Filter. Now down to just one zebra danio. CO2 bio-system By Red Sea(trash). Supposed to run for 30 days, but if you divide that number by 10, that's how long it actually works....
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And yes, in the beginning the mixture was seeping into the tank which I believe resulted in a bacterial bloom. But it cleared up and it seemed that was the end of it...
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time to go pressurized.
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