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Old 12-02-2008, 11:06 PM   #1
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What's that smell?

I have started to notice a smell. I have recently added some spaghetti algea in my refugium, would this have an odor?
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What does it smell like? A rotten egg smell?
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No, it's not a strong odor, but a musty smell. I thought it was my protien skimmer's gunk but it's not.
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You are not cycling are you?
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:35 AM   #5
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Sorry, I'm a newbe at this. I don't know what that is. I might be. Please explain.
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Hmmm... cycling is the thing you did (hopefully) when you first started the tank to establish a bacterial population. You either did it by adding a cocktail shrimp or other item to rot away, or you did it by adding fish.

How long has your tank been set up, and what's in it?
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:40 PM   #7
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Oh, ya I did that.
My tank: Start up in June '08, 140gal.SW-30" high with 8/54 T5's, and all the other reg. stuff (refugium tank, wet-dry sump, protein skimmer, 2 power heads, 2 heaters, auto top off tank...I planned on having jawfish so I have a 6" sandbed.
What's in it: turbo snails, hermit crabs peppermint shimp, sand shiffting star fish, fire shimp, red starfish, clam
3 clowns (had 4 but I had to take 1 out) 5 green chromises, bi-colored blenny, clown goby, copper banded butterfly, pyjama fish, opussim, hawkfish, had a blue spotted jawfish (he jumped ship yesturday)
corals - bubble, fox, frog spawn, sponge, orange paddle, 3 types of mushrooms, button, chili pepper, torch, open brain, candy cane, toadstool, cauliflower

This is probably more info. than you wanted.
Am I on the right track?
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Hmm... nothing you posted jumps out at me as wanting to create a musty smell. I suppose it could be something with the algae in your fuge, but I don't run one so I don't have any experience there.

You don't have water spillage collecting somewhere causing a mold/mildew problem in the tank stand, or on the floor, do you? Just thinking out loud...
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No, I think all the cabinet is dry and in good shape but I'll check it out. It might be just some more moisture now with the heater running in the house. I have an exhust vent in the cabinet above my lights, think I might add another one. But that probably won't help my refug. tank. I'll have to give this more thought. Let me now if anyone has any more suggestion.
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it sounds like ammonia poisoning to me did you let your tank cyle properly first. Ammonia is highly toxic to any fish. Reasons for an ammonia poisoning include a new set-up (nitrogen cycle), an interruption of the beneficial bacteria (i.e. power outage, medication, filter exchange) or a change in the bio-load, if too many new fish have been added to the aquarium too quickly.
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