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If you don't use carbon in a planted tank, what do you do to combat the stinky tank water? Change the water more often? I broke down tonight and threw a big bag of AquaClear carbon into my Eheim canister filter.
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If it's stinky - there is a problem imho... I mean yes.. tanks have a humid wet scent - but if you need carbon and to ask about it.. then there is a problem.

How often are your water changes and the quantity? Fish Load? tank size? Plants?

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I have allergy, and can't tell how the room actually smell. But if I put my hand in the water, and pull it out afterward. My hand smell pretty bad. In my 29G I have: 3 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Cherry Barb, 2 foxface, 1 oto, 3 ghost shrimp, 3 amano shrimp. Last night, I've changed my water for the first time in a month.
Plants: Red Melon Sword, Water Sprite, Rotala Indica, Sunset Hygro, Pennywort, Moneywort, pearl weed, micro sword, telanthera, wendtii crypt,
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Texas, was this 'bad smell' similar to rotten eggs or sulphur?

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Probably sulphur
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As mentioned above, stinky water means something is not right.

I would suggest cleaning out the filter(s) and adding carbon for 3-4 days. Do a 10% water change and clear out any debris or dead leaves.

How long has the tank been up?
How deep is the substrate and what kind is it?
What is the smell - is it like a pond/marsh smell or sulfur/rotten egg smell?
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I cleaned out the Eheim 2026 canister last night, there's quite a bit of loose leaves in there. The tank's been up for about 6 weeks. My substrate is 3 inches deep with Eco Complete & a little bit of Tec-Mineral gravel.
It's hard to describe the smell.
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Sulphur smell (Hydrogen Sulfide(sp?)) is created only in anoxic conditions. If it is this that you are smelling, it's probably caused by poor circulation and/or excess rotten veg.

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Sulphur smell (Hydrogen Sulfide(sp?)) is created only in anoxic conditions. If it is this that you are smelling, it's probably caused by poor circulation and/or excess rotten veg.
I concur.
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Maybe I am missing something here :roll:

But what about weekly 25% to 50% water changes???

If the tank stinks, your fishies are suffering. Up those water changes. Clean out the filter weekly (yes, clean the sponges in tank water, I use the water that remains in the canister filter). Increase water movement (not surface agitation... water movement). Get those plants growing, they will remove stinky organics and leave the water pearly clean.

Did I mention water changes?


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I have very good circulation in my 29G (fishes are swaying back and forth as they're swimming against the current.) The smell is probably from the loose leaves inside the filter.
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>But what about weekly 25% to 50% water changes???
Water change have been a pain to do . I have a python hose, but the plastic connector on the faucet are worn out. I need to fix or replace that faucet today.
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Last night, I've changed my water for the first time in a month.
This sums it up. You need to quadruple your water changing routine: once a week, 25% (roughly)
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Last night, I've changed my water for the first time in a month.
This sums it up. You need to quadruple your water changing routine: once a week, 25% (roughly)
Sorry, but I disagree. A tank shouldn't need water changes more than once a month. If a planted tank is thriving then the water quality should be very good. It's more important to get the dead leaves and stuff out.
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Last night, I've changed my water for the first time in a month.
This sums it up. You need to quadruple your water changing routine: once a week, 25% (roughly)
Sorry, but I disagree. A tank shouldn't need water changes more than once a month. If a planted tank is thriving then the water quality should be very good. It's more important to get the dead leaves and stuff out.
I have to disagree in this case. This guys tank doesn't seem to be thriving if it smells like rotton eggs. If there are that many "dead leaves and stuff" then there's probably something going on here.

Do some more water changes.

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