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    mapalmer Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 1, 2013, 03:58 PM
    Brand new fish tank smells
    I bought my daughter the Glofish tank set and 3 glofish. No more than one day after we set it up, the tank had a foul odor... so I re cleaned the entire tank only to have it smell just as bad a couple hours later...
    Cannot figure out why it is stinking and really do not want to have to change the water on a daily basis... because of what it can do to the poor fish and the inconvenience that it brings...
    If anyone has any advice, we'd greatly appreciate it!

    Thank You!!
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    flitabout Posts: 8, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 3, 2013, 02:21 PM
    What kind of filters are you running? Have your added beneficial bacteria? Did you let the tank cycle before you added the fish? I would start there. Past those questions I have never heard of a tank even with goldfish in it smelling that bad that fast.
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    odinn7 Posts: 7,691, Reputation: 1547
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    Aug 3, 2013, 04:38 PM
    How big is the tank and what kind of filters are you using? Sounds like it is too small for 3 goldfish and the filter is not sufficient. Goldfish are messy... they foul the water fairly quickly.
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    mapalmer Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 4, 2013, 05:57 AM
    It was a day before I bought the fish so the tank did cycle... it is a three gallon tank that came with filter. I finally changed the rocks and filter again and I removed a neon car statue that was in the tank. It has a normal fishy smell now and not the putrid one. Thank You for all the advice!!
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    DrGuy Posts: 8, Reputation: 1
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    Aug 20, 2013, 04:40 AM
    The cycling process takes longer than a day- usually more in the 4 to 6 weeks range. You need to keep an eye on the water quality until it finishes since you'll be doing a fish in cycle it seems. As to why ti would start stinking so quickly? Best guess is overfeeding. If the tank isn't cycled the food will make a mess of things pretty quickly.

    fish in cycle

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