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Old 10-05-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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Sponges in Filter smell BAD!

Hello Everyone, about 6 weeks ago I decided to put Sponges in my filters just as extra along with the regular filter media. They're the kind you buy @ the store for household cleaning but without the scrub side, now whenever I open my tank lids it smells like an old dirty dish rag!!!! Should I remove them? My fish seem to be doing ok and all my params are good, I just don't think I can take the smell! :-( I also swish them around in tank water @ least once a week when I do PWC's anyone else had this problem?
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:22 PM   #2
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Id go buy some sponges actually meant for aquariums at the fish store
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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Well the other ones are cheaper and I've read on here other people having good luck with them! They look pretty much the same as the regular household sponge!
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Hmm..i dont know why it would make the tank smell...the sponge would smell cuz it has old fish food and poop on it.
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You should be doing more than swishing them in aquarium water. Squeeze the heck out of them in water until all the crud comes out. It will take a few changes of water. They shouldn't smell that bad, but they will have a smell. Regular open cell poly sponges can be used, but I wouldn't use a cellulose sponge.
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Yeah idk either but I guess I'll remove them I just hate to do it with all the BB on them and I'm getting ready to seed another tank with some of them when I get my other 55g back up and running in the next day or so.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:31 PM   #7
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You should be doing more than swishing them in aquarium water. Squeeze the heck out of them in water until all the crud comes out. It will take a few changes of water. They shouldn't smell that bad, but they will have a smell. Regular open cell poly sponges can be used, but I wouldn't use a cellulose sponge.
What's the difference? Idk much about sponges, sorry! :-(
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Yeah I do squeeze them also in tank water and rinse them!
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Do you think the natural sea sponges would work the kind you can buy @ craft stores for painting would work? I've seen where u can get a whole bag of those for about $12 or so.
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Maybe it's just me, my sinuses are REALLY bad today I will ask my Hubby later if he thinks it smells unusual! Thx!
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