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Does your planted tank smell very strong?

I recently started a planted tank and it has made my room smell very strong and my wife does not like it. I have never had this issues with saltwater and wondered if this was normal. I believe my culprit may just be the java moss but wanted to see if strong smell is normal to planted tanks.


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hmm you shouldn't be smelling it. Something is off if you are. You might have some blue green algae going on, that stuff smells very strong.

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A UV might help, if you have one
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Hmm I have been struggling with blue green algae. Hopefully that is the issue and I can find a way to defeat it.


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Cyanobacteria/blue-green algae has a VERY strong grassy/earthy odor to it. That's likely where it's coming from.
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hmm you shouldn't be smelling it. Something is off if you are. You might have some blue green algae going on, that stuff smells very strong.
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Cyanobacteria/blue-green algae has a VERY strong grassy/earthy odor to it. That's likely where it's coming from.
+1, BGA reeks!

OP, bump up your NO3, and short term you can spot dose with H2O2 up to 3ml/gal to kill the BGA.


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adding an airstone helps with BGA also. Cyanobacteria is caused by stale stagnant water so anything to battle against this ie more flow, bigger and more frequent water changes, turn up your filter output if you can etc.

also like they said ethromycin helps but there are other non chemical methods. easiest for me is a UV sterilizer.

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adding an airstone helps with BGA also. Cyanobacteria is caused by stale stagnant water so anything to battle against this ie more flow, bigger and more frequent water changes, turn up your filter output if you can etc.

also like they said ethromycin helps but there are other non chemical methods. easiest for me is a UV sterilizer.
My tank smells kinda like a pond. It's not overpowering, just when I open up the top and have my face right over it. I have java moss and and some algae in there as well.
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I do not have a canister filter so the UV I do not believe is an option. Erythromycin is prescription only right? My LFS has a product called blue-green algae remover would that work?
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UVs usually only work on algae that is in the water, like that which would cause green water. You might wait a while if you expect it to do something for BGA.

H2O2 and antibiotics can work and some have had good success with a total blackout, but there are mixed results there.

If the smell is bothering put some carbon in your filter and it will be gone in a day or two. None of my tanks have a smell. I have 5 in one room and smell-wise you wouldn't know it.

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As mentioned, BGA has a very strong, pungent odor to it.

A planted aquarium has little to no smell; it is kind of like a bag of potting soil.

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Did I miss tank size and size and type of filter?


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Well, I've noticed that if the substrate has a lot of junk in it and it gets disturbed, it can sometimes make a sulfery smelly...which I think might be a sign of your substrate going anaerobic but don't quote me on that.

I know with me, I have a really bad smell when I open my tank...but that's just because food likes to get wet and caught between the glass and the top and no one thinks to wipe that off for weeks on end :S

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I have 3 open topped tanks in a 9X12' room and you wouldn't know there were aquariums in it. It's probably the BGA or some source of decay.

Erythromycin is in API Maracyn (not the 2 - just plain Maracyn). You can buy erythromycin cheaper on e-bay or at http://www.nationalfishpharm.com/products.html - EM-pro is $16.80 plus shipping there. People struggle with BGA and eventually wind up treating the tank. Might just cut to the chase and do the dosing...
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