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Old 08-20-2014, 09:39 PM   #1 
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Hollow Decoration Smells

So I was turning the sand over like I usually do every week and I lift up one of my decorations to turn the sand that it's sitting on. It smelled like rotten eggs... So I googled it and discovered that the smell is due to the stagnant water inside the hollowed decoration. So here's my question: Is there any way to prevent buildup of this smell (or worse things...)? Would moving the decoration every so often help? Or should I just toss it out?
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:00 PM   #2 
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You wanna rinse it completely with tap water about once a week. Also make sure the smell isn't the paint rotting off, as long as it is water smell a nice rinse will do it
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:03 AM   #3 
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Another option is to fill it with sand and then seal all the holes with aquarium sealant. Some nasty stuff can grow in hollow ornaments if not cleaned frequently.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:59 AM   #4 
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Thank you!
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:57 PM   #5 
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personally, if a piece of decor is smelling then it might be from the paint and if that is the case then you need to remove it.

when you buy new decor, you need to soak it in a bucket of tank water for at least 2-4 weeks before you add it.
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I don't think it's the paint. Only the hollowed out part smells and it started recently. I've had it since June - about a month before I added my betta.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:29 PM   #7 
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the flower ball caves I have in all three of my tanks are really good, I had one tank start smelling strange after adding it whereas the other one I had at the time did not I rinsed it really well in hot water and replaced it back in the tank as I did not notice any paint peeling and have seen them in many members' tanks and now there's no smell. It might have been the stagnant water thing you read. +1 Straubrey.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:47 PM   #8 
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Wouldn't it be a paint rather than rotten egg smell?
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:12 PM   #9 
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It smells a lot like when I don't turn my sand for a while...well anyway I filled it with heavy rocks and have sealed it off with aquarium sealant. That stuff smells like vinegar... Blegh.
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I don't know if you use Seachem Prime, but the bottle says a sulfur smell is normal - maybe this is the problem?
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