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Old 03-13-2005, 07:23 PM   #1
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Stupid Question - Do SW tanks smell???

I know this is a stupid question, but my fiance wants to know if our tank will smell? We went to the LFS and it smelled like a fish store, will our apartment smell like that? TIA
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:27 PM   #2
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no. You wont smell anything unless you stick your head directly over the tank and only then if the water is being moved real well and your a few inches from the surface.

If you have a large tank the only thing you might notice is a slight increase in the mosture level of the air.
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:41 PM   #3
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I had two 55 gallon tanks in a small room and never smelled anything...
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thanks guys, yeah i am currently cycling and left around 5 inches from the top so i can add my rock, when i opened the glass canopy lid i could notice the smell, but only when i opened the lid. Thanks again.

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Old 03-13-2005, 08:42 PM   #5
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When my tank was cycling I could smell the rotting shrimp, but now I only occasionally get a whiff of the warm salt smell of the ocean, but I sit here at the computer about 1 foot from the tank, and the smells are rare.
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Thats why you smell something your cycling your rock...
IT's dying off....
THATS the smell..
After your cure there's no smell...
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No smell here.
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Also if you are using your tops then a gas buildup will be inside and when you open the tops the air will escape and could bring a small odor. The smell your having is your cycle. For the record the only smell I get is when I am scraping algae during a cleaning and that is not bad.
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The only time my 55 smelled was during the cycle with a couple dead shrimp in it. Kinda smelled like a salt marsh at low tide. After a few days it went away, no smells now.

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