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Old 06-19-2014, 12:41 PM   #1
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Added coral, tank now has unbearable odor

Yesterday I picked up an awesome variety of coral frags and some live rock from a friend. I noticed that the container had a slight odor. Once I added everything to my reef tank, my tank has since taken on a horrible odor to the point where the room is uninhabitable. Is there anything I can do other than a water change and changing the filter cartridge? Neither has helped and its getting worse.

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Old 06-19-2014, 12:44 PM   #2
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Can you tell us more about the tank? The only time I've ever had a slight odor, or heard about odor in a tank, is from the high ammonia levels you see during cycling.
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Active carbon should help reduce the odour
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It was a FOWLR that I had been waiting to add coral to. Absolutely no odor until yesterday when I added the coral frags. I have two clowns and a coral beauty, it is a 30 gallon tank. I am wondering if the corals could be secreting the odor as a result of stress/defense mechanism? Or if something could be dead. It is a mixture of soft and hard corals.
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I've never had a living coral smell. A dead coral shipped to me did give off quite an odor. Can you tell us what the corals look like, or even take a picture?
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Acropora have a distinct smell out of the water but that's really the only one that does I've noticed. It isn't really a bad odor either. The coral is not what is making your tank smell.
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Nitrites were a tad high so I just did another 25% water change. If it isn't the coral then what could it be?
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You said you got some live rock? Was it out of the water at all? Something could have died inside of it
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Nitrites or Nitrates? If its nitrites you're tank is cycling. Depending on the size of the liverock it may of caused a mini cycle.
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Some soft corals can really stink when agitated.
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