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    Quote Originally Posted by WhistlingBadger View Post
    This tank is fairly well planted, so I shouldn't have anaerobic zones, but it's possible.
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    Could be dead/dying plant matter rotting under the substrate...? Old root system or something.

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    Well, I did some deep poking about in the substrate, and sure enough some bubbles came up here and there, including right among the roots of one of the swords. So, next question: What do I do about it? I plan on rinsing out the filter tomorrow, but I'm at a loss what to do about the substrate, if that's the problem.

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    Wow, I dunno... Can you use a siphon in these areas to contain and remove/clean the area? One bonus of trumpet snails is they stir up the substrate all the time.
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    I use my python and just turn the flow to about a third and vacuum my sand every couple or three months. I run my python out the door though so my suction is kinda huge. I nearly always get a couple spots with bubbles. I also usually do it a couple times in a row. It seems to settle out and stop after a couple years when plant roots are probably really throughout the substrate.

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    I use my python and just turn the flow to about a third and vacuum my sand every couple or three months. I run my python out the door though so my suction is kinda huge. I nearly always get a couple spots with bubbles. I also usually do it a couple times in a row. It seems to settle out and stop after a couple years when plant roots are probably really throughout the substrate.
    Well, that's the weird thing: This tank is a couple years old, and the plant growth is quite lush, including some big and growing Amazon swords. So I'm sure the substrate is FULL of roots. The substrate is dirt under sand, so I can't really do a deep gravel vacuum without completely screwing everything up.

    The cloudiness and smell both seem a bit better today, but still there. I saw a little bit of gas bubble up from the substrate when I bumped the tank today. Cleaned out the filter; nothing terrible there.
    @Boundava, I'm reluctant to try trumpet snails because I've heard so many horror stories about them taking over the world. But something to slowly stir up the substrate might be a good thing.

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    I only had ever had issues with them because I had a lot of fish and a lot of food so the waste kind of encouraged their overpopulation.
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    Well, I went in over the weekend and cleaned out the filter, as I mentioned. Yesterday, I stopped in to check things, and the water was clear as crystal. So, there you go. Thanks for the input, everybody.

    I had been meaning to ask the dentist if she was still happy with the way the tank was looking. Yesterday the office manager told me that they were going to give me a raise. So, I guess that question is answered, too. :)

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    Well congratulations on keeping them more than happy! That's fantastic to hear! Glad the tank is looking and smelling better as well that's always a good thing.

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    That's awesome, glad you got it figured out. I definitely have anaerobic bacteria in all my dirted tanks, and why there is never any detectable nitrates. But I think you can have anaerobic bacteria without the sulfur smell. I certainly don't get the smell everytime I poke the substrate. I actually haven't smelled that in a long time, possibly because my tanks are so mature now.

    Of course now I can't find what I read on the matter....

    I've never had the smell just like that though. It would be for a short time if I was poking the substrate, or tearing a tank down. So very weird. Some kind of biological hiccup. Glad it corrected itself for now.
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