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Old 07-14-2008, 09:44 PM   #1 
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weird water smell?

when i fed my fish today, i noticed a strange odor from the tank. it's almost a urine smell (not to be gross or anything, its just the only thing remotely similar).

does this mean ammonia levels are too high?

i'm currently using a 2.5 gallon tank. i got it on friday. could the smell be from just everything being new?

i'm doing a full water change tomorrow morning regaurdless of what the cause is. but i am very curious to know the source, if anyone knows what it could be.

my fish has been mildy affected i think. its a little more lethargic then usual.
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Old 07-15-2008, 12:02 AM   #2 
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it may be your tank is trying to cycle. my tank is cycling and it had a smell. i thought it was like lemons.
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:59 AM   #3 
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Yeah, it could be cycling...don't do a full water change, it'll make everything start back at square one and the drastic changes in ammonia will stress Bagel.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:08 AM   #4 
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If is is cycling, you may need to do daily partial water changes to keep your fish healthy. This will prolong the cycle, but save your fish from ammonia poisoning.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:43 AM   #5 
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what is cycling?

and about how much water should i change?
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:45 PM   #6 
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Update:

i did around a 50% water change and Bagel's already more active.
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Old 07-15-2008, 01:52 PM   #7 
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cycleing is just letting your tank run while adding food or waste to build up ammonia witch turns to nitrite then to nitrate. (by now you should do a big water change) This process builds up benificial bacteria and your
ammonia should be 0
nitrite= 0
nitrate= under 20ppm
and yes you will need a master liquid test kit to test the water continually. after thats done you should do 25% water changes every couple days

well since you already added a fish you could just keep doing about 30% water changes every 2 days so the cycle doesnt strees you betta
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:52 PM   #8 
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i've been meaning to get one of the liquid water test kits. now that i finally have some money i will look into it.

thanks for all the info everyone =)
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:56 AM   #9 
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:) You can order your heater and the test kit all at one place: http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...rmastertestkit

If you had the Aqueon in mind (which it's kinda overkill for a 2.5 gallon), they carry those too and cheaper than Petco.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:44 PM   #10 
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oh wow. thanks :D
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