Fishtank stink - help
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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:17:04 AM
DS got a 5 gallon fish tank a 3 weeks ago and has a betta and an african dwarf frog in it. A few days ago, it started stinking like algae (none is visible however). It was making the whole upstairs of the house stink. So, DH bought a tank "vacuum" and he and ds did about 40% water change last night. We also discovered DS was overfeeding. So, we're supervising that. But, it's been 12 hours and it still stinks. Now, I can smell it all the way downstairs as well. Any fish experts out there have any suggestions?



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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:23:45 AM
Have you checked the filter? It should be cleaned weekly and changed monthly.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:25:42 AM
Yes, took it out and cleaned it off / rinsed it. Is due to be changed Sunday.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:31:00 AM
Be sure to stir up the gravel when you remove water because "stuff" settles there. If it still stinks tomorrow, you will have to remove more water. I take it down to where the fish only has enough water to move in "one layer".



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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:31:42 AM
Was the filter very dirty when you changed it? Perhaps you need a better or bigger one. Mine is amazing and I have never had an issue with it. It will clear up a cloudy tank from cleaning in a short amount of time. Also, algae has a way of hiding in places you wouldn't think to look. If you can't figure it out, you may have to thoroughly clean everything in the tank (i.e. rocks, plants, corners of tank, etc.).

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Posted: 1/23/2013 8:01:34 AM
The over feeding is the reason it smells. The water will need to be completely changed and make sure you clean the rocks, too.


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