Aquarium smell and black stuff on rocks?!?!?!?!?

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bbsketcwff

Okay, so, I have a filter and everything, but there is this horrible smell every time I go to clean out the tank! I clean it out once a week. Should I clean it out twice a week? Or is there something wrong with the filter?

Also, I'm cleaning out the tank right now, and I'm noticing this black stuff growing on the rocks. There's more if it as I get near the bottom of the tank. What is it and how do I get rid of it?!?!?!?!?

Thanks!
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change the sponge thing in ur filter as a first step. btw, what size is ur tank and the filter is for which? the black thing, is it more to greenish? algae maybe??
bbsketcwff

I changed it out this morning:) She's in a 10 Gal aquarium(can't afford a bigger one), the filter is a Whisper filter, and the black stuff is definately black, not a hint of green or anything else in it, and it refuses to come off, I scrubbed for 10 mins:P
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ok eww i don't know lol :lol:

so is the filter doing better now?
bbsketcwff

Yes, it's working much better now, thank you:)

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I had a problem with VERY,VERY dark green algae before in one of my fish tanks.I scrubbed and scrubbed and it was impossible to get off...maybe thats what you have!?
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great :D

vanilla_rat try to boil them up or soak them in vinegar for a day
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dixieee wrote:great :D

vanilla_rat try to boil them up or soak them in vinegar for a day
Well that was a while ago and I ended up throwing the rocks out! :!: But thanks for the advice,it will be useful if I have that problem in the future!
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oh ok but u can ask anytime :)
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