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post #11 of 27 Old 02-19-2008, 03:04 PM
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when you took the castle out,was it black underneath
and did it smell like rotton eggs ?
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post #12 of 27 Old 02-19-2008, 05:58 PM
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Once I had a dead snail. snails when dead stink like crazy.

are you sure all or you only snail I don't know, is still alive ??????????
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post #13 of 27 Old 02-19-2008, 06:39 PM
Cedric asked my question...check on your snail's health. Dead snails stink to high heaven.

As far as cleaning the thingie...scrub with salt or baking soda. Soak in a mild bleach solution. Rinse. Let air dry. If it still smells like bleach, rinse some more. Dry again. Sniff again. Repeat...

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post #14 of 27 Old 02-20-2008, 03:15 AM
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[quote="cedricb"]Once I had a dead snail. snails when dead stink like crazy.quote]

i had the same thing,got to be the grosses(is that even a word)
never smelt anything like it.
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post #15 of 27 Old 02-20-2008, 10:17 AM
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once i had a snail over run of my tank and with all those snails(some had to have died right?) i didnt smell anything. well then i got a loach and he ate all of them in just a few days so maybe thts why i didnt smell anything.
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post #16 of 27 Old 02-20-2008, 04:22 PM
Didja ever figure it out? I'm kinda curious now.

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post #17 of 27 Old 02-21-2008, 08:07 AM
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yeah me too. was it the snails or the castle or what?
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post #18 of 27 Old 02-24-2008, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Cycle Confusion

I am having trouble with my 125 gallon tank. It has been perfectly fine for a year. It started stinking really bad a week ago, I pulled out the huge new castle (hoping it was the problem) and then did a ton of cleaning. Probably too much cleaning because now my ammonia is up at 2.0. I have been doing some water changes (no cleaning) for 5-6 days now trying to get through the cycling process. BUT...
Well, I am trying to figure out how I am doing int he cycle process but this one has fried my brain.

Ammonia is at 2.0 which is crazy but OK... Nitrites are at Zero. I thought I needed Nitrites to get the cycle underway. What is going on here? And my tank still stinks too. This is starting to really bum me out. Are my fish going to suck on this Ammonia forever without Nitrites?

Not only that but the tank still stinks some, not as bad as it did though. I am at a 100%
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post #19 of 27 Old 02-24-2008, 01:57 PM
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Willow asked about the decoration being black underneath and smelling like eggs.
I'm curious to know why?
I have a decoration in my tank and it's black underneath. I haven't smelled it though.
Do decorations rot?

Thanks for all you time everyone.
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post #20 of 27 Old 02-24-2008, 02:07 PM
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the reason i asked was because when stuff like rocks and decorations are in place for a long time,no airation gets to the gravel,you then get
Anaerobic:absence of Oxygen.
Organic material decays,and burns up the
available oxygen in that area ie.under rocks,decorations,
undisturbed sections of gravel and/or sand.
these pockets can release the gasses without being disturbed.
However alot of people come across this when cleaning out
the aquarium,and move something that has been in place a long time.
These gasses are toxic,and can suffocate the fish in a matter
of minutes.
Top tip of the day:Aquarium maintenance
Just because your Aquarium looks "clean" does not mean
that it is.
i copied this from a post i made in the cichlid section.
i hope i have not come over as brash.
i hope it helps a bit.
Disturbance of the Gravel/Sand under ornaments is Very important.
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