fumes affecting fish?

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  1. Charl_Stanhope

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    Hey guys

    My landlord decided to paint my house without warning. Will the fumes of the paint affect the fish? any reccomendations? im a little worried
     
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    It will not necessarily ruin your fish. I suggest putting a blanket over the tank for the time being..... Oops, I see it has already been painted. Nothing you can do now, but I've painted many places before, without having any ill effect wrt aquariums, birds etc
     
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    Run a big bag of activated carbon for the next few weeks - 1 kg
     
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    Open all the windows and get it dry asap with fans! Should not really effect the tank, but could do, if you dont get fresh air in and get the tank covered, just a precaution!
     
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    Normally when a Landlord paint a place out, they do not use expensive paints:p, and aim for PvA acrylic- Harmless
     
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    they definitely painted the place with a pva. it dried within a few hours. 3 or 4 but the fumes are quite hectic. I had the tank covered while they were painting and Ive still got it covered with a thick towel. should I run the carbon. Ive got phosguard and purigen in my tank already.
     
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    Run the carbon as well... It's just a precaution, but rather safe than sorry...
     
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    Check when he wants to do steel door and window frames, in enamel. That can have an impact.
     
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    I think the only way it would be a problem is if you using a air pump to airate the sump water, it would be sucking the fumes directly into the water through the bubbles - im just thinking, mayby for future guys , the skimmer should be off for a few hours aswell as it also draws air / fumes and mixes it into the aqaurium water.I agree though , the carbon would help allot, but ive painted cabnets around my tanks with no ill effect.David
     
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