Why Does My Fish Tank Smell?

Tropical fish tanks are a beautiful addition to any home -- but when they start to smell, they can be frustrating for homeowners. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and fix this common aquarium problem.

So, why does your fish tank smell?

You need to change the water.

Uneaten food, waste and dead plants can make your tank smell funky. Make sure that you perform weekly 10-15% water changes to keep things from getting smelly.

There are dead fish or plants.

If you have dead fish or plants in your aquarium, they will start to smell as they break down. Make sure that you check your tank and your pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels.

There are too many fish!

If you change your water frequently and you’re still suffering from a smelly tank, you may have an overpopulated tank. If you have too many fish, you may not be able to keep up with the water changes necessary to keep your tank healthy.

You need to check your filter.

Is your filter working properly? You need to make sure that your water is aerated (not still) and that the filter is cleaning debris and waste from your tank.

Do you need to stock up on any fish tank treatments -- or are you looking to add a new fish to your aquarium? Visit our Mineola store to see what we have in stock or give us a call at 516-739-1015.

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