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    Default smelly water butt!

    What should I do with the water in my water butt? It doesn't smell too fresh - is it OK to use on plants, or might it carry problems of some sort?

    Is there a way to 'clean' it?

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    A few grains of Permanganate of potash should keep it sweet if it hasn't gone too ransid, dont use too much or you'll end up with purple water.
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    has something fell in and died in there?
    I can't think why else it would smell.
    I keep a couple of goldfish in mine (they love it); they keep down mosquito larvae for me. Their poo hasn't been a problem so far ...
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    Do you feed them two sheds?

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    yes, they get a sprinkle of fish food in the summer, just a little not enough to foul the water. They have pondweed and larvae to eat too. They've been in there over a year and y'day I caught the white one exploring around near the surface, thinking it was Spring already.
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    No, I guessed that the water has just stood for about 4 - 5 months and has started to go smelly like stagnant water does! I had wondered if I ought to drain it now, and let it fill up again with fresh water.

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    You should be able to buy something called Refresh at your local garden centre. It is a kind of mild sterilising liquid exactly for this purpose. Added regularly to a water butt it will hep keep the water sweet. It seems to work with ours.

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    My wife says I have a problem with a smelly butt
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