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post #1 of 6 Old 06-22-2010, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Is it normal for my aquarium to stink?

I've been cycling my 5G for about 5 days, using two (quite large) super market shrimps to supply the ammonia. The thing is though when i open the lid it absolutely reeks, if i had to breath it in for more than a few seconds i would start to feel sick. And im not talking about having my face in the tank, when i open it it smells from a few feet away.

Im just wondering whether this is normal when cycling with shrimp and whether the waste produced by the cherry red shrimp i plan to put in it will make this horrible smell as well, or once the tanks fully up and running with the inhabitants it won't smell so bad?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-22-2010, 03:14 PM
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i have never used dead shrimp to cycle a tank, though i am not surprised to hear that it would start to smell bad.....why not just buy some pure ammonia and use that? i would think it would be far easier to control.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-22-2010, 06:48 PM
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I think some smell is normal but this sounds like too much dead stuff for too little space, throw one away and change half your water to get the smell down, maybe change another half the next day and keep doing it until the smell is bad anymore, might slow the cycle as you will be removing ammonia but it can't be good to have something so noxious in the house. I've only done a fish in cycle before but if I was going fishless I'm with bacchus I would use the pure ammonia method so you don't get side effects like this.

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-23-2010, 03:01 AM
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Agreed. There will be some smell in a cycling tank, notably the smell of ammonia. However, for a 5g tank you should only need one medium-sized shrimp at most. Two large shrimp is probably overkill.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-23-2010, 03:36 AM
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+one, Too much shrimp. Water change won't hurt anything and can reduce smell as well.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-25-2010, 11:57 AM
i used 2 small shrimp to cycle my 47gal. there was a bit of smell but nothing too noticeable
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