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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JustLikeAPill @ Dec. 05 2006,2:11)]The color is due to tannins, the smell is hydrogen sulfate/ide (I believe) produced by anaerobic bacteria. If you unpot a plant, you should find that the soil is what smells and that hydrogen sulfate/ide is leaching into the water, making it appear that the water is the source. This is caused by lack of sufficient oxygen in the media and this is bad for the plants aswell as your nose.

    Assuming the worms aren't some sort of larvae, they are eating decaying plant matter. It wouldn't hurt to change the water atleast weekly and rinse everything out and sterilize the tray with hot water.
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    It's ok, he doesn't believe me


    Lower the water table, add perlite if you haven't already. If your plants are overpotted, it would be easier for you if you repotted them.


    You have tannins. Those tannins may be released by peat, coconut, dead leaves, almost anything organic and plant based. It's not a big deal. Everyone has tannins.


    If you are unwilling or unable to spend extra time with your watering regime, then you can add a pump that circulates the water from top to bottom.


    Replace the substrate.

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    Anyone else have anything to add?
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    I think JLAP's advice is sound in this regard.
    that makes no logic

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    Do de do... Does that mean I'm usually wrong? Just playing finch

    You can rig a coke bottle so that as the water level drops it will replentish it. It will be unsightly though.

    What plants are you growing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Could it be that the media is staying moist for too long of a time? The pot is 12" big so maybe that's the problem
    Yes. A media that has no air space or an overabundance of small pores can easily retain too much water. The media becomes depleted of oxygen and that's when you get the anarobic critters that make the media (and the water that pass thought it) stink.]

    Is this a reasonable explanation given the type of materials you used to make up the media?


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    Quote[/b] ]Do de do... Does that mean I'm usually wrong?
    No. Just that you're ugly.
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    darn... and I just spent all that money on that handsome cream, too.

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