I've only been at this for a little over two weeks with my first aquarium. I'm doing a fish in cycle.
This is the 10 gallon tank setup I have made by Marineland/Tetra: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInCA%2FNo
There is a smell to my tank that I can't quite describe. It's not mildew smell, nor musty. Not a natural pond smell. I've had friends with lovely ponds and tanks and none had this scent.
This smell has been around for around 10 days out of the 15 it has been running.
I don't know if this is related or not but today a small bit of a clearish substance collecting at the surface around where one fake plant comes to the surface. I removed all traces I could see.
The smell is stronger at some times. Earlier today I didn't notice it when I lifted the thin plastic lid to check the smell when I came home from work. Tonight I came into the bedroom and definitely noticed the smell in the air. Lifted the lid and took a whiff and yup, smelly water again.
Any ideas? Wish I could describe the scent but it's not one I've smelled before in tanks. Maybe it's normal for all I know...
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank
? No regulator on heater but my glass thermometer always stays within a half degree of 77.
Does your tank have a filter?
Yes. Whisper 10i (with bottle baffle)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
Other than a moss ball, no other real plants and no other animals.
Omega One Betta Buffet Flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish?
Twice a day - 6 days a week. 1 day fasting
Fed flakes one at a time to avoid waste in water. Three flakes per feeding.
How often do you perform a water change?
Once a week. Always keeping the water parameters at zero for ammonia etc.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
API Stress Coat+, also aquarium salt(just finished the salt after 10 days) to treat shredded fins.
Have you tested your water?
At least every second day.
If so, what are the following parameters?
Using API Freshwater Master Test Kit
Alkalinity: not sure
Cwtch(Welsh for 'hug'- sounds like cuhtch), my betta, is rather active and easy going. VERY curious and checks out anything as soon as it's being put into tank. Always 'follows' me around the room as I move. Doesn't flare(mirrors are the only things that makes him back away).
Ate as soon as I got him home. Will now take flakes directly from fingers. He doesn't rest a whole lot but rests at the bottom(or up on leaf hammock) a minute now and then(from what I see when I'm home).