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I don't know what's going on with the water in the tank but it starting to smell really bad, something like murky, fish all looks healthy and so on. But this stench is making me go nuts. What could be causing that awful smell?
 

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What's the water parameters?

Can also add some carbon and get the smell gone, but it's better to find the source of where it's coming from~
 

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Could it be the plants? it has a earthy smell, you know when the rain first drops to the grown it has that same smell. Will check parameters tomorrow or something.

What's the water parameters?

Can also add some carbon and get the smell gone, but it's better to find the source of where it's coming from~
 

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That "earthy smell" sounds normal to me.If your fish are acting alright then i doubt you have much to worry about.Run a check on all of your plants/gravel/filter(s) or even your lids and lights to see if everything is ok.I said lights& lids , cause water and waste does splash there and leave stuff behind.Do a count of all the residents and make sure everyone is there.Wipe down any spots or mess in and around the aquarium and stand its self.Lastly as already mentioned , run a few tests on the water to see where you stand.
 

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That "earthy smell" sounds normal to me.If your fish are acting alright then i doubt you have much to worry about.Run a check on all of your plants/gravel/filter(s) or even your lids and lights to see if everything is ok.I said lights& lids , cause water and waste does splash there and leave stuff behind.Do a count of all the residents and make sure everyone is there.Wipe down any spots or mess in and around the aquarium and stand its self.Lastly as already mentioned , run a few tests on the water to see where you stand.
Will do Thanks guys!
 

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could be algea i have algea in one of my tanks that gets a bit of sunlight and it smells earthy but it not over powering like your discribing
 

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i've sometimes noticed that if theres a spike in the nitrates/ammonia, that smell increases a lot, normally theres little to no earthy odor in a planted tank
I didn't know if it wuz just me that noticed so I didn't say anything.. but i agree.. high nitrates have alot of odour!
 

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my guess is food. prawns will make your tank stink. Pellets that are not eaten will make your tank stink also. Try this instead, feed your fish & be patient until they are done, then take out your excess food. Should be not smelly after that.
 

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That's a fairly stinky food. I use some Hikari massivores too and they are also stinky. If you have large bogwood, they will also smell very "earthy."

I use cichlid gold by hikari.
 

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Add some new carbon and a couple water changes and don't over feed and you will be fine. Got that problem a lot with the flakes.
 
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