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Old 02-24-2008, 06:47 PM   #21
 
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Nicely explained, Willow.:) The gas is hydrogen sulfide. The fish will definitely feel worse or even end up dead if such gas is released. It is advisable to disturb the substrate from time to time to prevent such disaster.
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:59 AM   #22
 
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thanks Lupin :)
i guess we can never underestimate the importance of
using the gravel vac.
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:12 PM   #23
 
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well tennis4you said that he cleaned the castle but it still stinks so what is the problem now? :( is it left over from the castle still? are his fish in danger? if they are lets try to think of something quick.
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:25 PM   #24
 
One other thing I thought I should mention. 3 weeks ago I put (3) fertilizer sticks in the tank under 3 of the plants that were hurting. For any reason would these make the tank stink? This is the ones I bought and I am using: http://www.amazon.com/Nutrafin-Plant.../dp/B00025K1IE

Not sure if those have ever caused an odor or not.
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:45 AM   #25
 
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hi
maybe if you clean the castle bottom with bleach,
and then really wash it well with cold fresh water,then hopefully
that will get rid of the smell on the castle,
the fert question i don't know,hope that other members will
give advise on that.
water changes,and perhaps some carbon in the filter ??
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:12 PM   #26
 
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im not sure about the sticks but like willow said some carbon in the filter might help. how often do you change your water? and how much do you change?
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:43 PM   #27
 
Ok, this has gone on too long. I would nix the castle for now. Leave it out of the tank. It seemed to be a source for the odor since it smelled when it was removed. Do you happent to have a loach or other burrowing fish that you have not seen in a while? It may have died in the gravel. Have you done a complete gravel sweep and gravel stir? When doing the stir, I would suggest using a diatom filter to help filter the tank of particulates.
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