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post #1 of 21 Old 01-17-2014, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! So, Christmas just passed and my rents bought me a 12 gallon fluvial edge. It has been up for a good 2 weeks. Right now it is going through the cycling process and I've noticed that the water is getting kinda brownish and a small stench to it. I do have 3 pieces of drift wood in there and I'm thinking that is what is making the water kinda smelly and having a sorta brownish color. I can't stand it so i thought I ask for your opinions. Oh, one cool thing I changed about this aquarium is the lighting. Wasn't happy with the original lighting so I took it off and added a way better LED lighting. Ill post pics and put them on here after I get off from work

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post #2 of 21 Old 01-17-2014, 10:34 PM
Not sure about what the "stench" might be. The water can turn brownish for a short time with the driftwood, depending on what kind of wood it is.
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-17-2014, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Here is what my driftwood looks the closest to Brownmane. I have a feeling that is why it looks sorta brownish. I heard boiling the drift wood works pretty good.
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hello and welcome.
sometimes aquariums get a garden pond kinda smell,but i wouldn't
call it a stench ?? the brown/ yellow colour to your water will be the wood,
some people don't mind it. me myself can't stand it…i will not hurt your fish,
and it will lessen with time,and water changes,you may do a water change
while doing the cycle,however do not touch the filter,as this is where your
bacteria colony are growing,like in the substrate and on decor/plants.
live plants help the tank,so if you have live ones it's a good thing,
also if you have any friends with an aquarium,ask them for a donation
from their filter,and you could be up and running sooner.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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hello and welcome.
sometimes aquariums get a garden pond kinda smell,but i wouldn't
call it a stench ?? the brown/ yellow colour to your water will be the wood,
some people don't mind it. me myself can't stand it…i will not hurt your fish,
and it will lessen with time,and water changes,you may do a water change
while doing the cycle,however do not touch the filter,as this is where your
bacteria colony are growing,like in the substrate and on decor/plants.
live plants help the tank,so if you have live ones it's a good thing,
also if you have any friends with an aquarium,ask them for a donation
from their filter,and you could be up and running sooner.
Yes, that is the smell I am talking about. I guess I am not use to it because I have never had a freshwater aquarium since I was around 10 years old. I am use to saltwater aquariums but ever since I started dating my girlfriend two years ago, I couldn't afford the saltwater and her at the same time but I sure am glad to get back into it again but just dealing with freshwater for now. Thank you for your advise…You were a very big help. Have you ever boiled your drift wood?
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-18-2014, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some pics I promised you guys I would take. Sad to say I took these two beautiful Rams back to my local fish store which is only 5 min away from my house back because I totally forgot it is not right to cycle these fish. The good thing is that the owner is keeping them in a private tank in his office till my aquarium is done cycling in about another week or so. Oh, and that is the new lighting I put on.
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post #7 of 21 Old 01-18-2014, 05:31 PM
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you're very welcome..i'm glad i could be of use
wow the tanks Beautiful !!!!!!!!
thank you for sharing the pictures.
well done on taking the rams back,i hope once everything is settled
you'll be able to bring them home.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #8 of 21 Old 01-18-2014, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yes, very much of use!
Yeah, I can't wait to get them back. I called today and he said he still has them and are not going anywhere. When I was picking them out I made sure one was a male and the other a female.
Thanks, I put some work into it and sorry for the photo being to the side. I don't understand why it did that. When I get those 2 rams back I don't know what else to put in it. Some small fish like neons or something. A small school of them would be fun to watch around the tank!
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post #9 of 21 Old 01-21-2014, 09:32 PM
Nice pics. Your aquarium is going to be beautiful once the rams can move in.
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post #10 of 21 Old 01-23-2014, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
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Nice pics. Your aquarium is going to be beautiful once the rams can move in.
Thank you! Hey I have a quick question….have you ever heard of a website called germanbluerams.com

or yet, has anyone heard of this site and actually bought a mated pair from them?? I'm super curious
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