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I'm currently winning a battle against various algae, including some super stinky BGA. My wife seems to be far more sensitive to odors than I am.

Should a healthy tank have any odor at all?
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Actually, usually no, a healthy tank doesn't have any real odor, no more than that damp smell you find at a wet meadow that is bursting with life in spring. When a fish dies in the tank, or the dead leaves build up, or BGA invades, it becomes very noticeable verses the everyday smell.

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a healthy tank will have a faint odor...like an earthy, humid smell. it should not stink like dead fish though.
that's a good way to tell if a fish store maintains their tanks well or not. If you walk in and it reeks like fish, you might wanna shop elsewhere.
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During the first month or so of my first aquarium, the house took on a destinct fishy smell. It is gone now. I think it was part of the startup bacteria, or that's my guess.

Otherwise, be sure that you dont' have any bulbs that are rotting.
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Yea, you shouldn't have a foul smelling tank. My tank stunk for awhile after i had some green water and did a black out, but didn't change the water. So , I changed the water, added a whole bunch of plants and now my tank has a very subtle mossy smell, and only if i stick my nose right above the surface of the water.

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The only time anything to do with my aquarium has had an unpleasant odor is when I was running DIY CO2. There was a slight yeasty smell.
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oh yea!! that's true, you get the alcohol smell haha. has anyone ever tried drinking the alcohol that gets produced? just kidding.

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Thanks for the responses.

Like I said, my sense of smell seems to be not as acute as my wife's - I put it down to a long history of nasal congestion, allergies, etc.

Last night I could only smell something if I opened the cover and sniffed hard. I didn't think it really smelled bad, but there was an odor. Lots of times in the spring, when it is really wet, my gardens have an odor that strikes me as decomposing - as the winter detritus rots and new growth explodes. By itself, perhaps not a pleasant smell, but I always like it because of the future it signals. I think the odor I smelt last night might be similar.

I'll do it again tonite, and see if I can narrow it down.
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Eds, you know how you put on cologne, after awhile it you don't smell it anymore, but everyone else does? Well, I think it's the same idea. You are prolly used to the smell and your wife isn't so it stinks to her.

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