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    Posted: October 25 2017 at 5:40pm
My wife caught me the other day sniffing my tank and thought I was a weirdo. At least once a day I'll put my nose directly over the top of my tank to smell it, and I do the same thing with my sump. If it doesn't smell fresh to me, I'll stop feeding for a day or 2 until things smell right again.

I'm wondering if anyone else does this?
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Yep, I'm a weirdo too and I often recommend it to hobbyists. 

Many years ago, before I had yet lived in Hawaii, a New Zealander visited my home, commenting that my reef smelled like the ocean. That was a proud day for me. Big smile

I've been to a few places where I felt it necessary to tell the hobbyist or client that the tank didn't smell right. Olfactory inspection is just as important as visual inspection. Of course when there is a skimmer in the sump it's pointless to sniff there, although depending on what's been skimmed, the aroma can give varied indications. Wacko


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I do. I smell mine before every water change.   If it doesn't smell "fresh" I will do a larger water change. I don't want to be stinking up the house!
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i smell mine all the time. if it stinks, it means its time for a water change.
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I do it. I smell my RODI and mixed saltwater too. And live rock as I buy it. 
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Well looks like I'm in good company. Lots of tank sniffers out there. I'm curious what you are smelling for in ro water and new salt water marcoss?
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I get busy at work and sometimes don’t use mixed salt water for days. I like to smell it to make sure it’s not funky smelling or smell like plastic. More often then not I’ll be mixing water and get distracted to only come back to it days later.
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Originally posted by shaggydoo shaggydoo wrote:

My wife caught me the other day sniffing my tank and thought I was a weirdo.  
"Sweetheart, come over here and smell the tank with me!" 
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They have a smell? 30 years in the hobby, still learning new things here.

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Originally posted by Adam Blundell Adam Blundell wrote:

They have a smell? 30 years in the hobby, still learning new things here.

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they typically don't have a strong smell if they're clean. but if you've ever walked into a dirty LFS, you're kinda overpowered with the smell of low tide.
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Originally posted by Mark Peterson Mark Peterson wrote:

Originally posted by shaggydoo shaggydoo wrote:

My wife caught me the other day sniffing my tank and thought I was a weirdo.  
"Sweetheart, come over here and smell the tank with me!" 
 Date Night. Woohoo!


Hahaha. I think only one of two people would really enjoy that date. Unless a gift and wine are involved
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Originally posted by Adam Blundell Adam Blundell wrote:

They have a smell? 30 years in the hobby, still learning new things here.

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Give it a try Adam. All the cool kids are doing it.
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This is normal.  Something smells funny ...  time to check the tank!

Also, when I had my big tank running, I could tell if a pump or something was off based on the sounds.  Even before I came in the house, standing at the front door, I could tell if something major was wrong.  You get used to the same sounds day after day and it's surprising how even a small difference is noticeable.

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I have Cold could someone come sniff my tank??   Just kidding..  I glad to see I was not the only one out there that sniffed there water..Thumbs Up
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LOL
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Oh sorry, Evan, I laughed at your posts too. LOL
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Originally posted by Shane H Shane H wrote:

This is normal.  Something smells funny ...  time to check the tank!

Also, when I had my big tank running, I could tell if a pump or something was off based on the sounds.  Even before I came in the house, standing at the front door, I could tell if something major was wrong.  You get used to the same sounds day after day and it's surprising how even a small difference is noticeable.



I agree on sound. If my skimmer shuts off in the middle of the night, the silence will wake me up!

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I know women that wake up to sounds in the night that might be their child (even after the children have left the nest). Is this kind of like that, but different?

What if I'm going deaf and because of an industrial accident, can't smell? What then?
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Yep I do too. I often smell the sump to gauge if a water change is necessary. I agree with the sound too. I've detected a few problems due to a funny noise. Once I thought the tank sounded a little funny so I inspected it and found a turbo snail blocking my skimmer output. It was a HOB skimmer so the water coming out was going straight to the floor.

Another time I heard a bang, inspected and found that same turbo on the floor behind the tank. I think he was crawling along the top edge and touched some salt creep, causing him to shrivel up and let go. Luckily he lived through the fall!

Might as well use as many senses to keep things running as smoothly as possible right? I used to stick my finger in the tank to check temperature in my first tank. I had a thermometer but it was sure hard to read (one of those stick on ones that dimly lights up multiple temperatures...) Oh how far we've come wkth an apex running the show these days.

I will say I have never used taste to monitor things though (other than a few mouthfuls of water starting a siphon to acclimate a new fish, but that hardly counts
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