It is quite exciting to own an underwater environment in a home for them who enjoy fishkeeping. However, with fun and excitement, fishkeepers have many responsibilities for their pet fish because their health and wellbeing are the mandatory factors that you need to follow while maintaining the condition of the fish tank.
Now, some aquarists are annoyed with the foul smell that comes from a fish tank, but they cannot blame the fish and the other species in the tank for that smell because a fresh fish never produces any smell from its body.
How to Remove Foul Smell from an Aquarium?
There can be various reasons for bad smell in a fish tank such as dead body of a fish, decomposed plants, dirty filtration system, fish poops, decayed or uneaten foods, and wrong substrate. But we cannot sit quietly after looking these things.
We must take some preventions to get rid of the bad odors. Let us discuss the smart solutions of the smelly problems:
1. Prevent Bad Smells that Cause by Dead Fish
Unfortunately, the smell of a dead and decayed fish is stronger than other smells, and it is hard to reduce the smell. In that case take care of your pet fish, so that it can live longer. Provide proper diet to the fish, and maintain the quality of the water in the tank by changing it every week. Whenever you find a dead fish, take it out from the tank, so that the water quality of the tank does not degrade.
2. Prevent the Pungent Odor of Excessive Food in the Tank
If you don’t know the correct diet, then take the help of an expert veterinary doctor or nutritionist who will give you diet plans for different types of fish breeds and species in the tank. Just feed them as much as they need because giving unnecessary foods in the tank makes the water of the tank murky. Moreover, some food extracts are uneaten, and that decay in the tank if unattended. So, you have to be careful and check the condition of the aquarium regularly. Clean the tank weekly and keep out the uneaten foods from the tank.
3. Avert the Smell of Fish Poops in the Tank
Don’t overstock your tank because an overcrowded tank may be the reason for stress and anxiety for the fish. Moreover, try to buy a large tank to maintain the ratio of the fish. To remove the fish poops, clean the tank every week. All these things may help you get rid of the smell of the fish poops and other wastes in the aquarium.
4. Reduce the Smell of Decomposed Plants
Live plants never produce a foul smell. If the plants are dead and decayed in the tank, then they may produce stinky odor. So, it is necessary to take out the dead plants and decayed leaves from the tank to keep it clean and free from smell.
5. Prevent the Smell of Dirty Filter in the Tank
Clean your filter in 2-3 days in a week to remove the dirt and waste extract of the fish tank. When you change the water in the tank, rinse the filter media of the water. Doing that may help you remove the stinky sludge of the joint of the filter from which the dirty smell comes out.
6. Prevent the Substrate of the Tank from Producing Bad Smell
You can use a gravel vacuum to clean the gravels and the sandy substrate of the fish tank from which foul smell comes.
Bonus Tips to Keep a Fish Tank Clean
Along with the aforesaid preventions, you need to maintain a fish tank to kill the bad smell by the following ways:
• Use water conditioner in the water of the tank to bring freshness in the water and reduce bad odor.
• Wipe down the glass, corners, and objects of the tank when you are cleaning the tank.
• Prune off dead leaves from the aquatic plants in the tank.
• Rinse your water filter of the aquarium to remove the trapped gunk.
• Clean the gravels and decorations of the tank every week.
• Replace 10% of the water in the aquarium every week.
The regular maintenance of the home of your aquatic friends may help manage the hygiene. Moreover, you will get away from the foul smell and keep your pet aquatic species ailment-free.