How would you describe your fish tank smell?

darkcat

How would you describe your fish tank smell? It smells good, bad, etc.
 

Fishkeeper25

smells like fish
 

BigManAquatics

Slight fishy smell but not much. Would smell a bit more like a lake, but the fish and snails keep the algae to a pretty bare minimum.
 

Fishkeeper25

yeah mine smells good of course wouldn't just sniff the water everyday just like aah this smells amazing my fish would give me funny looks.
 

darkcat

When I go near the lid, it smells like peach lol. My betta's like: what are you doing.
 

FoldedCheese

Kind of earthy?
 

Kathylee

How would you describe your fish tank smell? It smells good, bad, etc.
Warm, Woodsy, Earthy.

When I open my 20g Molly Lid, there's a water sprite floating & guppy grass- so it smells very;
Sweet, Grassy, earthy, woodsy.
The water floating Sprite has it's own Fresh sweet-plant like aroma, and makes the whole tank smell nice!
(Edit; I have cleaned out filters that smelt like rotting vegetables before though, like a bad organics/compost smell-- so good & bad smells!)
 

LHAquatics

Doesn't chemical filtration remove that smell?
 

Dechi

Cat pee...

It’s overstocked and I need a bigger filter. I also can’t use carbon long term because it‘s been known to harm cichlids.
 

Leilio

earthy, smell like soil
 

Kathylee

Cat pee...

It’s overstocked and I need a bigger filter. I also can’t use carbon long term because it‘s been known to harm cichlids.
Cat pee, that's like an ammonia-smell? I just started adding Purigen pre-bags to mine (well on one tank) & it's supposed to help remove excess organics, maybe something similar might help? Like I said I Just started trying it out, well see how it works in the long run. Im really understocked right now though.
 

Hellfishguy

Floating water sprite gives off a slightly minty aroma Healthy tanks should smell earthy & pleasant.
 

ButtercuptheOranda

Mine for a bit smelled disgusting but the Issue solved itself and now it smells like other people have said earthy like a lake
 

StarGirl

I can't smell. So nothing. It works great for all the smelly stuff you guys talk about!!!! My husband doesn't say it smells so its all good.
 

Kribensis27

Kinda earthy, just barely fishy, and also a little bit.... spicy? Kinda cinnamon-like? Not exactly though. like what a lot of tannins smell like.
 

ButtercuptheOranda

Mine for a bit smelled disgusting but the Issue solved itself and now it smells like other people have said earthy like a lake
it smelled like sewage actually lol
 

KribensisLover1

SO Hard to tell Bc I’m there all the time. So I don’t get a smell. Only after a water change I smell sulfur from prime OR if I leave food open but besides that I can’t smell it. I don’t have carbon in right now but doesn’t seem to cause it to smell more.
 

Broggy

normal...i guess. god forbid fish food fall onto the rim of the tank and get soggy. it makes me want to gag
 

fish 321

I smelled my saltwater tank once and I regretted it. It smelled like a really pungent ocean, probably because it is one.
 

bumblinBee

I use vinegar to clean the calcium off the edges of my tank rims every so often. So I've no idea what my tanks smell like, all I get is a vague whiff of vinegar.
 

fishnovice33

Smells similar to going outside after a rainfall on a hot summer day.
 

tapwater

Smells similar to going outside after a rainfall on a hot summer day.
Mine smells similar, but with some added notes of "earthy" scent
 

Leeman75

Smells similar to going outside after a rainfall on a hot summer day.

I think that's about as accurate of a description as I've found. I really like the smell of my water when doing water changes. I've wondered if that's weird. What I DON'T like is the smell of my towels if I forget to wash them after the WC!
 

SallImSayin

The corydora and tetra tank and the kuhli and tetra tank? Nothingness + humidity, when I open the lid. There's zero fish smell, if someone were to sniff, they'd only know they were sniffing something wet.

The goldfish tank regularly? Hm..it has more of a smell to it. Every blue moon it'll get a fishy smell and I'll smell carbon, otherwise it smells kind of humid + an outdoorsy plant smell, which is odd, because it has the least amount of plants. That's just the smell it has. That random fishy smell I get rid of asap whenever it happens in that one tank. Sometimes you get dead plant matter or something in the filter, too, which can cause that. But normally like nothing or , at most, outdoorsy where there are plants and flowers about.
 

Skrabbitskrabbit

Like you’re inside a cave
(Earthy but wetter)
 

EntirelyEm

Smells similar to going outside after a rainfall on a hot summer day.
that sounds so nice omg
mine smells like primafix right now
 

GlennO

Earthy with a hint of sardine.
 

photoman54

How would you describe your fish tank smell? It smells good, bad, etc.
Has a nice odor similar to a day at a lake. Fresh and clean.
 

carsonsgjs

My girlfriend once opened the lid on my main tank and said she was, in her words, expecting it to smell like a stinking fish market. She was pleasantly surprised that it didnt really smell of anything.
 

Cheesecake

They smell like water lol.
 

Redviper

Fresh and sweet most of the time. The only time it changes to something mildly funky is when I cycle in a virgin filter, which I've had to do twice in the last 6-months. It's not like dead body funky, but it's easy to pick up in close.
 

BettaLover89

I have a betta home and it kinda smells like a tiny lake I guess. And it kinda looks like the bottom of a lake with the indian almond leaf I have in there. I don't hate the smell but I wouldn't make a candle out of it lol
 

Cheesecake

I love how the weird denizens of FL are talking about strange unrelated things to this thread and the normal people are just ignoring us. Don't worry, we don't bite (most of the time).

My turtle's tank can get stanky sometimes.
 

BettaLover89

I love how the weird denizens of FL are talking about strange unrelated things to this thread and the normal people are just ignoring us. Don't worry, we don't bite (most of the time).

My turtle's tank can get stanky sometimes.
I'm a Texas boy, but I lived in Florida until I was 10 years old so I relate with the craziness. I think the diverseness of the responses adds to the uniqueness of the fish lore community. You don't have to be crazy to be a member of fish lore, but it definitely helps! Lol.
 

SouthAmericanCichlids

I can barely smell mine. But when there is a dead fish, I know there is one if I'm in that room (With a lid on), luckily this has only happened once.

Well at least in that particular tank.
 

AggressiveAquatics

This sounds a bit insane but mine smells like water
 

Pfrozen

This sounds a bit insane but mine smells like water

Honestly, mine too lol. I was having trouble with odors and surface biofilm for awhile but I found out that my spider plant had completed melted inside one of my filters. The actual plant was fine but somehow the roots had turned into a brick of foul mold-like gunk. All is well now lol
 

mrsP

Just.... water. Like the smell you get when you're on beach of large lake, and breeze comes from the lake. Nice, fresh, just water with hint of plants there.
 

Ouse

My cichlid tank smells dusty whenever I feed the fish in there Hikari Massivore Delite pellets. I generally like the warm, mildly stinky scent of fish tanks.
 

MacZ

I once compared it to the smell of a freshly dug grave. And I stand by my statement.
 

LanceDog

My tanks don't have a smell- but when I break them down it smells like a lake (wet, algae)
 

DoraCory

An earthy wet kind of smell, except for 1 tank that has blue-green algae, that one doesn't smell too nice tbh.
 

Kellye8498

Fishy and earthy.
 

tapwater

I once compared it to the smell of a freshly dug grave. And I stand by my statement.
What does a freshly dug grave smell like? Is it just a dirt smell?
 

Andres391

How would you describe your fish tank smell? It smells good, bad, etc.
Mine smells earthy and I have no soil in my tank just plants that are glued to lava rocks, Hornwort floating on side and deep gravel rocks im thinking it maybe that my tank is clean lol
 

MacZ

What does a freshly dug grave smell like? Is it just a dirt smell?

Humid and rich humus.
 

WRWAquarium

I'd go with a kind of lake smell for the angel community. The axolotol tank smells like earthworms pretty strong
 

SpeedyFish

Mine smells like a new bag of potted soil
 

betta06

well my tank with tannins remind me of tea and the other ones not really anything lol.
 

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