Paint fumes a problem?

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  1. lIghty

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    Hi all

    Need some advise!

    Going to be painting a rooms ceiling where my mothers tank is place, would just covering it be good enough, or will the fumes be a problem too?

    I've heard of some stories where all the live stock has died due to the fumes contaminating the water.

    I know that I'll need to put alot of GAC, alot of ventilation, What else should I do?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi lIghty - this depends on the type of paint.
    If it is oil paint, then the turpentine in the paint causes more toxic fumes to be released into the air.
    If it is acrylic paint, then the fumes are not so toxic.

    I would just run GAC, and possibly perhaps open all the windows in the living room....

    That would be good enough.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Stop running the pumps, the lack of movement will slow the gas exchange, but don't keep them off for longer than 3 or 4 hours and keep an eye out for any gasping.
     
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    Maybe you can run an airline from your skimmer to the outside
     
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    Travis1 (wilsontravy)

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    use an onion cut up into slices then put it into a bowl of water in the room. this really works. wat it does is absorb the smell/fumes of the paint. try it..
     
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    i no it might sound stupid. but it works.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Wilson, it does indeed sound daft, but i'd be willing to try it, old wives tales usually have a foundation of fact:)
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Nope, not stupid at all, it does work. We normally use that method in our holiday flats where we got to let out the flats the same day after painting.
     
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    Hey, paint as much as you want, ceiling paint is an alkalic (water based) paint, and not a solvent based paint- so no worries on fumes
     
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    wilson cool idea im painting soon will let you know if it works
     
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    Thanks guys, will go ahead!
     
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