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Old 04-25-2004, 04:05 PM   #1
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Stinky Tank :(

Hi, my reef tank has been running fine for about 2 years now, and all of a sudden it STINKS, kinda like sulfur. It has never stunk before now and its got me a little worried. I had a Coral Beauty die a few days ago, I figured he got caught in one of my powerhead intakes, as thats how i found em, but he was pretty far gone decayed already. Would this have stunk up the tank? Should i do a big water change? or maybe some new carbon in the filter? Please, any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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I Would do a 25% water change GAC never hurts if you ask me. do you have a DSB?
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Old 04-25-2004, 05:51 PM   #3
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Sounds to me as though you are running a DSB and something dug up a sulfur pocket.. I would remove the all the Livestock into a QT tank remove the DSB and clean the tank and refill.. If this is the case no amount of GAC or water changes are going to solve the issue.. Only complete Removal of the Sand.. That is one of the downfalls to running a DSB..

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Yes I do have a DSB, its about 4" deep. Is the water contaminated by sulfur? I dont have a QT setup Everything in the tank seems to be fine though, the fish look healthy and the corals are all in full bloom. Is this sulfur pocket thing common? I have also never been able to get rid of my green hair algae, nothing seems to work, I doubt its related, but who knows. Thanks for the info, any more would be awesome.

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Well, now knowing you do have a DSB, I'd say you have alot of work ahead of you! Like cj said it's probably your DSB crashing. 2 years....it's about that time. Personally I like a shallow sand bed of 2-3 inches w/ a good amount of sand stirrers in the tank,(pistol shrimp, nassarius snails, bumble bee snails, etc.) this way you do get some of the benefits of a DSB like the pods, worms, etc.
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Yes I do have a DSB, its about 4" deep. Is the water contaminated by sulfur? I dont have a QT setup Everything in the tank seems to be fine though, the fish look healthy and the corals are all in full bloom. Is this sulfur pocket thing common
Very Common with DSBs.. I would setup a QT ASAP and get to work on transferring everything onver while you make the switch.. The DSB Must dome out and either be replaced with a SSB or another DSB or even bare bottom for that matter.. If you also have a friend with a tank you can see if he can hold your livestock... Your livestock may look good now but it will continue to crash..

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I have also never been able to get rid of my green hair algae, nothing seems to work, I doubt its related, but who knows
If very well could have been the issue.. IMO most DSBs are nutrient sinks and pack up alot of Silicates and phosphates which contribute to algae growth... While your in the process of removeing the DSB scrub the LR with a tooth bruch til its clean and when you set back up the will be algae free.. Just try and keep them that way LOL

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