RSS Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Smelly Saltwater Tanks

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    Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Saltwater aquariums smell bad

    The rest of the story: Can saltwater aquariums smell bad?

    Yes.

    Do they normally smell bad?

    No.

    If your saltwater tank smells bad, the first place I would look for the problem is water quality. A tank with poor water quality (high ammonia or nitrates) will likely smell bad. And a tank with poor water quality probably has something driving the poor water quality such as a lack of chemical filtration (namely activated carbon) or little or no surface skimming.

    Even a protein skimmer cup that is full of nasty skimmate should not be noticeable when you are standing in front of the tank.

    Simply put, a smelly saltwater tank means something is wrong.

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