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Freshwater 7 38.89%
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:43 PM   #1
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Which smells worse?

Ok time to poll... which tank option generally smells worse. Think... general aroma, not skimate or anything like that.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:47 PM   #2
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i have never smelt a saltwater tank, but if your freshwater tank is running healthy i do not see why it should smell bad
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:39 PM   #3
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I voted saltwater, only because it's the only tank of mine that has an aroma (think ocean). It's not neccesarily a bad smell, but it's not the best either. My freshwater tank is odorless.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:26 PM   #4
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my FW tanks never smell bad, but the reef i am setting up reaks.
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:58 AM   #5
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Interesting results so far... the guy I bought my tank from housed cichlids and i definetly remember thinkin 'now THIS smells like fish...' lol
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:26 PM   #6
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As I've never smelled a saltwater tank, I'd have to say my boots....
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:20 PM   #7
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The only SW tanks I've smelled are at the lfs and they don't have too bad of an odor. My FW tanks don't smell though.....even my cichlids.
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SW; just empty the skimmer cup!
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Old 07-14-2007, 04:39 AM   #9
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idk, I voted freshwater...although I haven't "smelled" alot of SW tanks.
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Old 07-15-2007, 01:14 AM   #10
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I definitely have to say saltwater..... I mean if your freshwater tank smells bad (while running) theres a little bit of a problem..... but saltwater.... wow.. that is a smell to remember..... (fish stores are well ventilated)

In example of that "recurring memory" of saltwater.....
If you've ever overfilled... or had a sump overflow in a freshwater tank..... your reaction is usually something along the lines of "DANG IT, I waisted some water, now i have to soak it up with a towel or something" however if you've ever had a saltwater sump overflow.... you'll never forget.... because not only is there now tons of nasty smelling water in your carpet.... that smell is going to stay there.... long after the water is gone. And remember the towels you used to dry your carpet??? well... most likely, they wont loose that smell for a long time... a LONG TIME....... yeah not pleasant.....

I just had to throw in some stories to help with my point, sorry.... I always do this...
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