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Old 12-06-2003, 08:50 PM   #1
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whats that smell?

I got 10 more pounds of cured live rock for my 6 week old aquarium today and I decided to go ahead and rearange my other 10 lbs of rock to make it all look better. I was stirring the sand up and all of a sudden started smelling this terrible smell. I don't know how to descibe it. Is this normal or not normal?
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Old 12-06-2003, 08:59 PM   #2
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I had the same smell in my tank after stirring up the sand, it basicly smells like fart, lol. The smell in my tank went away after about 2 days but I think it is because of a build of gas that the bacteria let out as a part of their eatting process, i am not usre though. But i guess to answer your question i believe it is normail, I had it too. Good luck witht the smell.
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Old 12-06-2003, 09:13 PM   #3
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Thats exactly what it smelled like. My oldest daugher even asked her 5 yearold little sister if she farted!!
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Old 12-06-2003, 11:42 PM   #4
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that is sulfide and definately bad. It usually will result if something dies and is left to rot in the tank. This needs to be removed. Also when you add your rocks turn them over several times to ensure you dont trap air bubbles underneath them
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Old 12-07-2003, 12:12 AM   #5
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Yes it is a sulpher smell. I don't know of anything dying in my tank. When you say get rid of it, what do you mean?
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try and siphon it out if you can find the source. Good luck
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For that to be in such a young tank its a bit concerning. Do you have ample water current in the tank?
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I have a bio wheel 170 and thats all.
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Unless this is like a 5 gal tank and I dont think it is your gonna need more water flow in the tank. YOu also will probably need some additional sand sifters to help naturally turn over teh sand bed.
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Old 12-07-2003, 09:35 PM   #10
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I'm new to salt water tanks. What do you mean by more water flow? Would I use a power head? I have two crabs and a conch snail to clean the substraight.
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