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Mearwynna
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smelly water again
« on: February 06, 2012, 04:30:56 PM »

Today I'm noticing smelly water in the 37 again. We added Sebastian on friday night. I tested the amonia and the nitirite today, didn't have time for all of the api tests. Nitrite was fine and amonia was just a little darker. (Seems to always be like this.)

What on earth is causing this? Could it be a mini cycle starting? I'm thinking I might need to do a water change tonight, but should it be a 75% or something like 30%?
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scrivens345
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Re: smelly water again
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 05:10:54 PM »

when you add a fish it increases the load on the system......do a 50% water change and check every other day
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Mearwynna
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Re: smelly water again
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 05:22:40 PM »

Could a loaded filter cause a smell like this? One of the filter pads is due for a change. We alternate changing them.

I can do a 50%.
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Mearwynna
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Re: smelly water again
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012, 08:55:44 PM »

I think we know what is going on now. It was the filter pads were too full and not letting water through them. Hubby changed both for me and we did a water change. I hope it smells better by tomorrow.
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Nossie
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Re: smelly water again
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2012, 06:22:18 AM »

Don't ever change all of the filter media at once!! Now you're for sure forcing the tank into a mini cycle Undecided
Rinse the filter pads in tank water (that you obviously remove from the tank first) during water changes, once a week or every two weeks. It's really important that you take care of the filter media or you'll have problems with ammonia all the time. When you notice the filter media getting sort of softer and more "used" looking you should change only half the filter media then and the other half after a month.
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Mearwynna
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Re: smelly water again
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2012, 10:26:29 AM »

Oh no. Well, we do rinse them off in old tank water. But we've been having a lot of algea and that may be causing them to have a larger debri load. Water really wasn't moving through them, so he changed both. Anyway, we'll keep testing every other day, and do water changes if amonia shows up.

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Re: smelly water again
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2012, 11:29:04 AM »

Sure, hopefully it won't be very noticable Smiley
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