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Old 11-11-2011, 12:07 PM   #1 
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To anyone with Aqueon Mini Bow Aquariums or Aqueon filters

My new Aqueon Mini Bow Aquarium is all set up and has been running for about a day. The filter seems to have an odd wet dog/sulfur-like smell. Is it normal for this filter to smell this way? My fish is not in the tank: just rocks, a heater, water conditioner, and a couple of decorations.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:23 PM   #2 
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The sulfur smell is possibly coming from the carbon. Did you rinse the filter insert before putting it into the filter? That might explain the smell.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:29 PM   #3 
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Yes I rinsed it with cool water twice. I wondered if the carbon had anything to do with it.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:34 PM   #4 
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Did you add water conditioner? If you use a conditioner like Prime or Stress Coat, you can get a strong sulfur smell from them as well.
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Did you add water conditioner? If you use a conditioner like Prime or Stress Coat, you can get a strong sulfur smell from them as well.
I added Aqueon water conditioner.
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:20 PM   #6 
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Yep my aqueon smells like that too. :P
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:33 PM   #7 
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Yeah it's definitely the carbon...mine smelled that way too. I have a new filter on order for my tank though. Those Aqueon filters are ridiculously big for the tank and even with it being baffled, mine had a pretty strong current.
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Thanks so much! I don't have to worry then.
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:57 PM   #9 
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Yeah it's definitely the carbon...mine smelled that way too. I have a new filter on order for my tank though. Those Aqueon filters are ridiculously big for the tank and even with it being baffled, mine had a pretty strong current.

Yeah I heard the current could be a problem for bettas. It's annoying how they advertise the Mini Bows as "perfect for your bettas" when their filters move the water around too much.
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:06 PM   #10 
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It's horrible. Unfortunately, I got the "Betta Bow" version that my petstore told me would hold two males comfortably. That was before I began to research, and realized that they would benefit from more space than their divided 2.5 tank. I wish companies would only sell products that they knew worked well for the animals they make them for....
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