Yes,it does have a smell to it,I just skim the gunk off the top,let it set for awhile and suck them up with a turkey baster.
Then I squirt them into some clean treated water and feed to the fry.
I had 1 turn completly black one time,talk about stink!!!!
I dumped it in the yard and sprayed it with the hose.
I blanch my lettuce,then add it to the water.
If you use water from an established tank and boil it first you will kill the infusoria that are allready in the water.
When you blanch the lettuce,doint boil it,after the water comes to a boil shut it off and blanch your lettuce,a short time in the water untill it is limp will do.