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Old 11-15-2004, 02:33 PM   #1
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smelly water

55 gal tank with 2 kios 6" long and 1 goldfish 6" they were in a pond. i bought them in for the winter 1 1/2 weeks ago and put them in a new 55 gal tank. i started with a 350 mag. fitler and 4 days ago switched to 2 330 filters. the water started getting cloudy put as cleaned up. but i have a smell in the water. i have another 55 tank with 6 goldfish 5" long and thats been running for over a month with no problems. any help would be helpful

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did u let the tank cycle? Smelly water is ussually a sign of high ammonia

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Old 11-15-2004, 02:37 PM   #3
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First off, you need to know about the nitrogen cycle in aquariums. Read the article below, it's good to inform you about how it works.

I don't know what could be causing the smell, maybe someone else can help you with that.

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It could be decaying food within the gravel. How often are you testing your water? And when was the last time you did a water change with a vacuuming of your gravel?
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Old 11-15-2004, 02:56 PM   #5
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Smelly water usually has a film on the surface. The water smells because of high ammonia. The tank has to cycle before you put the fish in. If you put the fish in a tank with new water and new filters it will take a while for the ammonia to go away. In the mean time do 20% water changes once a week and try to keep feeding to a minimum since decaying material and fish waste cause ammonia build up. Again be sure to keep up with those water changes because after the ammonia goes away you will have a nitrite spike and a nitrate spike and this is very stressful on the fish and could cause death.

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