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BettaGal 11-07-2012 09:14 PM

Tank question
 
When the tank smells like, well, like a fish tank full of fish, should I do a water change, or is it ok for it to smell like that? My test kit is at home which I am picking up this weekend, so all I can offer is pH until Monday. I have had this tank since the 28th and used the same filter from my smaller tank so at least there's some bacteria there.

shellieca 11-07-2012 09:38 PM

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Originally Posted by BettaGal
When the tank smells like, well, like a fish tank full of fish, should I do a water change, or is it ok for it to smell like that? My test kit is at home which I am picking up this weekend, so all I can offer is pH until Monday. I have had this tank since the 28th and used the same filter from my smaller tank so at least there's some bacteria there.

Its not unusual for a new tank to have a bit of a smell. Is it bad or just when you stick your nose down to it?

BettaGal 11-08-2012 12:04 AM

Honestly, I've smelled a lot worse, but I'm also weird in that a genetic screw-up runs in my family between the females. We can smell literally anything. So maybe it's just me being able to smell the tank maybe cycling or something normal going on. I'll be doing another water change tomorrow probably since I'm leaving Friday afternoon for home, so I highly doubt my levels are off by much. I just did a change yesterday.

Reefman97 11-08-2012 02:09 AM

Naw, I have a 125 gallon tank, smells like fish too, it's just the bacteria build up, you can do a water change but your gunna get the smell back again after.

BettaGal 11-08-2012 02:56 AM

Alright. Just making sure my infamous nose wasn't alerting me to a problem. It does that sometimes. And other times its just annoying.

Rivercats 11-08-2012 12:34 PM

Adding alittle extra carbon to the filter, if you can with the filter you have, will help with any smell since carbon absorbs odor.

BettaGal 11-08-2012 01:10 PM

It uses carbon cartridges. It's small for the tank, but it's better than no filter. If I can find a job, I could possibly get a bigger one, but the market for college students is a little short.

Rivercats 11-08-2012 05:46 PM

I'd just wait and see if it goes away or your nose gets used to the smell... lol. Have you asked a friend or two to come in your room and tell you if they smell anything. Don't say what just do they smell anything. If they say no then you know it's just you.

BettaGal 11-08-2012 08:29 PM

I haven't because in all honesty, fish are much more pleasant than people of my age, with a few noted exceptions. I don't bring many people in very often. I've had I think two visitors stay a length of time in my room in the year I've been single. The ex was always there. But we won't count him.


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