Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-04-2006, 11:18 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Tifton Ga
Posts: 660
my fish room smells, suggestions?

Sometimes my fish room gets a little gamey. Anyone have any tips for keeping smells to a minimum? I mean, it doesn't reak or anything, just smells a little stale.
__________________

__________________
dax29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2006, 11:29 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 924
Send a message via AIM to Andos99
Water changes, carbon, and better ventilation.
__________________

__________________
If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when are you going to have time to do it over.
Andos99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2006, 11:34 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: FL
Posts: 601
Send a message via AIM to PsiPro Send a message via MSN to PsiPro
Bigger fish tanks! (Wont help the smell but I know i would like to hear that answer)
__________________
PsiPro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2006, 11:35 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Tifton Ga
Posts: 660
I do 40% water changes every 3-4 days on 2 tanks and every 7-10 days on 2 tanks. I don't run carbon though, which I know could be an issue with odor. The room isn't well ventilated either, nor can ventilation be improved. I guess carbon is as good a shot as any. I just don't use it much anymore. Thanks. I didn't think of carbon. I may open a box of baking soda too.
__________________
dax29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2006, 11:55 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fishyfanatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Illinois
Posts: 11,964
Air fresheners! j/k You could try putting a fan in the room to move around the air or a dehumidifier.
__________________
Vote for Aquarium Advice

29 Gallon Lake Malawi Fry
55 Gallon Community
150 Gallon Lake Malawi Cichlid
Fishyfanatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2006, 12:16 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Tifton Ga
Posts: 660
I may try that too fishy! Thanks.
__________________
dax29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2006, 12:17 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ashland KY
Posts: 1,918
Send a message via Yahoo to tropicfishman
maybe your fish need deoderant? lol
__________________
I love my clown loaches and red tail shark!!! lol
tropicfishman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2006, 12:47 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Tifton Ga
Posts: 660
Could be! They really don't work out much though.
__________________
dax29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2006, 01:13 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Zagz's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 17,108
Send a message via MSN to Zagz
Baking soda would be a good idea for the room in addition to some carbon in the filters. Is there a window that opens in the room? I'm guessing not from your posts. I believe there are some baking soda air freshners you could probably use. Those plug in styles not spray ones I mean.
__________________
AA Community Rules | AA TOS

-----------
Site Administrator
Zagz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2006, 02:24 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 162
I use the plug-in air fresheners ( the cented oil ones) one of them has a fan in it to help circulate the airfreshner into the room, It's on a timer so it only runs for about an hour before i get home.
But ultimatly water changes and opening a door or window once in a while helps a lot.
__________________
jim532 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2006, 06:03 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: LA, Ca
Posts: 213
if its not from amonia or nitrate from the tanks it may be mildew or buildup on the walls from too much moisture. think of you much evaporation you get from the tanks, and if there is no ventilation, where does it go? One thing you dont want is to get mold on the walls.
__________________
aquakev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2006, 10:45 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
TomK2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Posts: 2,085
Gravel vacs? I do really frequent water changes without a python (installed plumbing for water changes), and therefore tend to forget about gravel vacs for too long a time. Tank odor disappears after I do a gravel vac. Otherwise, in a multi-tank room, ventillation and dehumidification are a good idea.

Haven't used charcoal in a filter in years. I am not gonna start either, it will just tempt me to put off the gravel vacs longer.
__________________
TomK2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2006, 11:57 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Lonewolfblue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Posts: 8,435
Send a message via ICQ to Lonewolfblue Send a message via Yahoo to Lonewolfblue
I second the idea of more circulation, like maybe a fan. If the floor is carpet, you can also use a carpet freshener that is more for getting rid of pet odors, even though the smell isn't coming from the carpet. Will make the room smell better. If no carpet, then if you have a rug in the room, spray it with the carpet freshener.
__________________
55G Filstar XP3 - 16" Fire Eel
75G Medium Planted - Filstar XP3 Low Light - Established Feb 2006
Lonewolfblue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2006, 02:15 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 682
I would look into milder/mold i nthe walls from the humidity try just a dehumidifier (this will however cause faster evaporation rates in your tanks) If the smell is coming from the water, then there is something wrong, often times, carbon does nothing but cover up another problem, leave the problem to grow until it is to late. Try the dehumidifier first
__________________
Jarred Darque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2006, 03:28 AM   #15
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: sydney Australia
Posts: 390
What type of filtration do you use? Some HOB can smell if food gets caught above the waterline... Or even in the tank.
__________________
trotty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2006, 04:03 AM   #16
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Western WA
Posts: 115
I noticed a terrible smell everytime I got close to my aquarium to inspect the fish/plants/etc. I also noticed this smell whenever I worked behind the aquarium (power strip). At first, I thought it was the water...but the tank didn't smell from the top, only from the bottom. Then, I finally realized what it was...the bottle of Amquel+ inside the tank stand/bookshelf. That bottle reeked!!! I store the bottle in a ZipLoc bag now, but that only helps a small bit.

Anyway...I think my point was...is there anything else in your fish room that might be causing the smell, other than the tanks themselves? That's the only additional thing I can think of, besides the tips already offered by others.
__________________
25g Marineland Eclipse (30w T-8 ):
- java ferns, anacharis, corkscrew vals, giant hygros, marimo balls, java moss
- zebra danios (5), otos (2), others TBD

6g Marineland Eclipse (8w T-5):
- anacharis, asian ambulia, java moss
- white cloud mountain minnows (10 = 6-7 inches total)
noncentric is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2006, 05:56 AM   #17
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: LA, Ca
Posts: 213
it might be a dead fish on the floor soewhere! Funny how no one mentioned that.
__________________
aquakev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2006, 07:07 AM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
7Enigma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Havertown, PA
Posts: 2,913
Best thing for tank smell in a room is a dehumidifier. Especially since you have carpet. It will trap all the moisture that is near the ground (as the air cools at night), and release it again during the day when its warmer in the room. Tank maintainence is key, but just as important is the surrounding air.

1 thing to do if you have plants (or even without but don't be as complete) is to use a piece of saranwrap between the gap where the HOB meets the tank (if you have one). I did this when cycling because it was very cold in the house and was keeping the tank at 85F, and the heater was struggling from all the evaporation. You can leave a small gap at either side to allow for some airflow to get through, but you'll be surprised at how much condensation builds on the underside of the plastic.
__________________
Main (20g) - A throng of guppy and platy, Pressurized CO2, Ferts, All Live Plants (Very old pic, new one forthcoming)
https://i902.photobucket.com/albums/a...g?t=1266543023
7Enigma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2006, 03:23 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: UT
Posts: 179
About the carpet - the baking soda idea works great with that. Really. Lightly shake some baking soda out on your carpet, then vacuum it all up. It's amazing how much fresher the room feels, and gets me to wondering about what sort of environment my carpet is allowing
__________________
Aquariums 'N Stuff
aquablue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2006, 07:11 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Central Kentucky
Posts: 6,015
Send a message via AIM to greenmaji
wow.. the replies just keep coming.. :P

It sounds like you have stagnant humidity to me, from your discription of the smell and situation.
If its lack of gravel vacs the smell is quite apparent, its not just stagnant it smells of fish, I don't think this is part of your problem.

reactionary methods (not a big fan myself)
air freshner
bakeing soda

proactive methods
air circulation
dehumidifcation (if air circulation doesn't fix it, it would need to be pretty bad to need this)
__________________

__________________
greenmaji is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
smell, suggestions

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Enough room or too much fish?? wiegs531 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 9 05-30-2009 07:27 AM
Do i have room for any other fish? GIES2525 Cichlid Discussion 4 03-17-2009 06:42 PM
Is there room for more? Any Suggestions? chadthedad Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 08-06-2008 01:08 PM
Fish live but water smells SeriousDude5 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 06-14-2005 06:16 PM
Moving tank - same room, different wall - suggestions? lmw80 Aquaria Off-Topic 10 08-20-2004 09:46 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.