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Old 06-06-2008, 06:48 PM   #11
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Hmm, what clear ammonia? Make sure there's no perfumes or surfactants in it, that could be causing the smell, and is really bad for your tank.

You should aim to keep your ammonia readings between 3-5ppm at this stage in your cycle. You should also consider getting a liquid test kit, as I get the impression you're using strips.
There are no surfacants it is just plain, clear ammonia. I do have the liquid test kit from API.

I also went ahead and did about a 10% water change and it brought my ammonia back down to around 4. I have a friend who has had FW aquariums in the past come over and she smelled my tank and said that it smelled like a normal FW tank to her.....maybe it is just my saltwater nose not knowing what smells normal on a freshwater tank....lol
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yeah my tank smells occasionally as well. it smells "fishy" lol. the water at the LFS smells as well, and being a mom and pop store im sure they know what theyre doing.
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A healthy aquarium will have a sort of "earthy" smell to it. If that's what you're smelling, then it's perfectly normal.
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