Smelly Water

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by nebstew07, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. nebstew07

    nebstew07New MemberMember

    My water smells bad. I dont know how to describe it but I have changed my water 30% and used the gravel vaccum. I also changed my filter. Please help me.
  2. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to FishLore nebstew07!! Stop in at the welcome forum and tell us a little about your tank and your interests.
    I need you to test your water and give us your readings for ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrates. Also what size your tank is and what kind of fish you have in there. Sounds like your tank isn't finished cycling and when you throw away your filter media your throwing away what little beneficial bacteria you had. Don't despair, we can help you figure this out. ;)
    Meanwhile here are some interesting articles for you to read.

  3. OP

    nebstew07New MemberMember

    I have a 20 gallon tank. I have 2 balas, 2 catfish, a large pleco, 3 corydoras, 2 rosy barbs and 2 algae eaters. I have 2 hiding places for them. I also have 3 fake plants and 1 live one. I also have a bubble wall and a heater.l I have zero nitrates and zero nitrite. I dont know about my ammonia. So what do i need to do with my filter. I have a two sided filter one is blue and the other is white. It says not to throw away the white one only to change the blue one. I am thinking about getting another corydora, is this a good idea? ??? :-[
  4. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    I would not get any more fish as you are over stocked now. If you figure very conservatively at 1 inch per gallon of water. The Mass of the fish at adulthood has to be considered also.
    amount of fish x adult size = gallons of water

    2 Balas x12 inches=24 inches =24 gallons of water
    and you are over stocked right there without counting the other fish.
    How long has the tank been set up? sounds like it's not cycled yet. Have you had a chance to look at the articles I posted the link for?
    As for the filter sponges, most of us don't change the filter sponges just rinse them out in used tank water and put them back. these sponges can last for several years. the copmany who makes them tells you to chaange them because this is how they make money.
    Hope this helps.
  5. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    the filter sounds like an aqua tech or penguin. same thing, different names.
    if im right about that, the blue thing isnt foam (i wish it was , i have one) its a packet of activated carbon.
  6. Gunnie

    GunnieWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore! Your tank water should have an "earthy" smell, kind of like dirt. If it smells like sulfur or a stink bomb, you may have high ammonia or some other nasty in your tank. Please get an ammonia test kit and let us know what it says. Since you have no nitrates, your tank might not be cycled. It's great to have you with us!
  7. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    if you have no nitrites and no nitrates your ammonia is probably really high. :-\
  8. NanoAddict

    NanoAddictValued MemberMember

    do you have activated carbon in your tank it usually helps bad smell
  9. Jason

    JasonWell Known MemberMember

    When you think about it though the rule of 2-3 gallons per inch of fish isnt really that good because you'd need a bigger tank than 24 gallons to house a 12inch fish. We should come up with a better rule of thumb thingy!
  10. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    J-man thats why I specified that mass counts also. you know like a 1 inch guppy would need less space than say a 1 inch pleco(the poo machine) thats just an example, And no it's not a good rule just kind of a guide line and you have to think when using it.
    I would definately say overstocked and not cycled and would definately not add any fish.
  11. Jason

    JasonWell Known MemberMember

    sorry didn't read the post very well. and ok! :D
  12. chickadee

    chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    If the blue thing is like what I use on my Eclipse, it IS a packet of charcoal with a top of fibrous material about 1/4" thick.  They vary in area size but the depth is about 3/4" total with the charcoal cell (made of hard plastic with slits in it).  Water goes through it before it hits the BioWheel, and the charcoal filter can be removed when it is dirty without upsetting the recycling as the bacteria grows on the BioWheel.  The important thing is NOT to wash the BioWheel or replace it EVER.  Unless it is washed in cycled tank water (right, Butterfly?  ;)?).

    Anyway, welcome to the site, Ben and I'm sure the good folks above can help you. They have saved me and my little fishies on more than one occasion. ;D

    Hope this helps.


  13. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Right Rose ;)
    But no matter how good a filtration system you have if the tank is grossly overstocked that filtration system isn't going to handle the waste products efficiently. sorry :'(