Mosquito pads OK for fish tanks?

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  1. Furbz

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    Hi Guys,

    having a bit of a mozzie issue at the moment....

    my tank is in my room and i want to put a doom mozzie mat burner on to repel the mozzies. :whistling:

    my question is this, is it safe to do so or will the tank absorb some of the toxins in the air?

    Thanks
     
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    would not do it. If O2 and CO2 can exchange so easily, why not all the other elements in the air.
    There are some guys who lost fish after their cleaner used wood polish, those in the cans.
     
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    Never thought about this before. Riaan makes a very good point though! I would've said you're ok if you have a canopy on but the airborne mozzie repellent is a gas so it would get in anyway. I think this could be a question for the manufacturers if you wanted to go that far. I'm not sure whether an insect based poison would be safe for fish but I know I won't be taking the chance until I do know.
     
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    wouldnt do it . rather spray spray anti misquito spray on yourself
    . peaceful sleep etc
     
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    i have in the past when i was starting out used a pad before... and didnt give it any thought back then. there were no ill effects.
    but maybe i was lucky? was in an open plan apartment...
     
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    Better yet, just get the unltrasonic ones. No vapours.
     
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    have you had success with these?
    i bought a good one and left it on in the garage. a spider has since decided its a decent spot to spin a web.... :biggrin:
     
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    Only installed one this week in the baby room so I cant yet say long term how good they are.
     
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    I am sure that Citronella candles can be used or even Citronella scent/spray...those are natural mosquito repellents..and shouldn't do any harm to your tank..Personally i grow Citronella and when the hot summer days starts i normally pick some leaves...crush them and place them strategically at entrances this repels all sorts of insects..and works like a charm..i am sure there are other methods too..;)
     
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    Apparently if the active ingredient is Dichlorvos then don't use it as it is very unsafe for fish.
     
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    I like the bug zapper lights, myself. So satisfying...
     
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    My brother used under arm spray while standing in front of my tank. I almost killed him.... He will not do it again.

    No spray is allowed in the living areas of the house, be it insecticide, wood polish or spray and cook.

    Anti-stink can only in be used in bedrooms.
     
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    i was thinking about it . we use toilet spray upstairs but tank is downstairs. and sometimes ive used toilet spray in lounge near covered tank. oops!
     
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    Could you not get Mozzy Netting..they are pre-made, so easy to install..just get a spot for a hook on the ceiling and hang up..all our beds have it..
     
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    I remember reading some time ago that somebody lost all their fish because the next door neighbour painted the split-poles with creosote/bitumen. I never use furniture polish spray with a fragrance only the furniture cream.
     
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