My setup has a slight natural gas smell to it. the tank has a water feature that runs over some wood. Is this something that should concern me?
I don't have a clue, but I would be worried too...doesn't sound like a good thing. Until you hear back from someone who knows what they're talking about (i.e. Ed ) I would take the safest route...just in case. Place them in a sterilite or something similar with some damp sphagnum moss. Better to be safe than sorry.Anyone know if I should be concerned for the health of my frogs?
My stock is coming in today so this is kind of a pressing matter do me!
My eyes and brain did not connect the dots properly last night. It should have read that you are smelling a sulphide, and not a hydride.If you are smelling an odor like natural gas then what you are smelling is an additive to allow you to detect that gas. What you are smelling is probably a hydride from anaerobic decomposition, this means that one or more of the following are occuring, 1) the substrate is too saturated resulting in anaerobic decomposition, 2) the water in the false bottom is not circulating enough and has become stagnent/anerobic.... Something in the tank is oversaturated and is not functioning as it should.
My guess is YES!My eyes and brain did not connect the dots properly last night. It should have read that you are smelling a sulphide, and not a hydride.
H2S production is the result of anerobic decomposition because the oxygen is not getting down into the substrate. A number of plants can subsist in this sort of substrate because they pump oxygen into the root zones so the health of the plants cannot be used as an indicator.
H2S is heavier than air and will collect in the lower portions of an unventilated enclosure. Toxicity is within the same ballpark as hydrogen cyanide. It is something that should be avoided in enclosure as along with the toxicity it is signaling that there is a serious disruption on how well the substrate is working. Anaerobic substrates lose much of thier capability to process nitrogenous wastes properly, prevent good conditions for the microfauna, and there are anecdotal reports of severe foot infections of frogs kept on undrained surfaces.