Originally Posted by Enzo
ammonia spike i just went through it
Are you sure this is the cause of Needhammer's odors?
A properly maintained tank with more than adequate biological and mechanical filtration should not exhibit an odor.
The only times that I can perceive an odor emanating from my tank is when I am feeding one of my home made recipes in which I have increased the garlic content.
I do not have a problem with the "suck on the end of the tube" method for starting a siphon for my tank although I would not recommend it for folks without "a bunch" of mechanical and biological filtration media which is functioning.
In order to be of any help I need to know the "flavor of the odor":
ie: rotten egg, ammonia, trash dump, etc.