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Old 06-27-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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New here and my tank smells!

Well here goes. I have a 55 gallon tank with a Fluval 405 and somewhat of a newbie to owning an aquarium.

I have never had an aquarium of this size before and was defiantly looking forward to the challenge. I was all excited today to get this underway I have everything I need, set the tank up, filled the tank, and turned the filter on.

Unfortunately it was at that moment I realized that I never emptied out my filter almost 2 months ago when I stopped using the it from when I had turtles. All of a sudden the entire room smelt like dead decaying death of stagnant water that has been sitting in my filter.

I realize since everything is dead in the filter I will have to start over with the filter. I flushed the filter with hot water I have done a couple of water changes but the stench just wont go away what can I do to rectify this? Or will it go away once the filter is up and running again?
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Does it smell like rotten eggs? Hydrogen sulfide. Sould be OK once you get it going.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:50 PM   #3
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Thanks. Ill move the substrate around and get it going again.
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