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post #1 of 5 Old 04-25-2007, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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To stink or not to stink...

I live in a very arid and dry climate here in Idaho and so we are not use to alot of humidity. My fish tank adds quite a bit of humidity to the house as well as gives off a slight odor (some people smell it, I don't really). So...

My first concern is the odor, it really does not smell that bad, but are there any tricks to eliminate the odors?

Also does anyone have a glass lid on there aquarium? I just have a few things hanging off the back of the tank (phosphate reactor, skimmer, canister hoses) and I am wondering what is the best way to control all of this?


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post #2 of 5 Old 04-25-2007, 08:31 PM
Eat lots of beans. lol No, on the serious side, an aquarium does have a slight odor, especially heathy ones. Unhealthy tanks reak a vile stench. Be happy that your tanks are healthy. (and feed your guests some beans).
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-25-2007, 08:31 PM
Charcoal will help eliminate odor, but it doesn't work for long before you need to use more. What does it smell like? My tank smells kind of earthy, like a plant in potting soil. If it smells fishy, I would think a water change might be in order.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-25-2007, 11:53 PM
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...I'm a big fan of charcoal just for that reason... tank still smells tankish...but in a good way...nothing overwhelming or that you can smell from any distance...

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-26-2007, 05:55 PM
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My tank also has a very "earthy" smell, not fishy or lake-like. I do have a lid on it though. As long as the odor isn't foul, I imagine any ol' lid should do the trick. Not to mention it keeps anything unwanted out of the tank.


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