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post #1 of 4 Old 03-18-2011, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question I don't want to paint my fish.

I have a 30 gallon in my daughters room that I'm painting. I know to cover the tank, but do I have to worry about the fumes or anything else. We just got all the plants and fish looking good and I don't want to cause any problems. Any advice would be great. thanks.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-19-2011, 06:56 AM
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I doubt there would be a problem if its covered, there recently was a thread about a tank in a room that had an exterminator coming to spray and somebody else said they had an exterminator come through and they were fine so I think youll be fine.

Just dont use an air pump (if you do) during so its not pumping in the fumes. If youre really worried just open a window and stick a fan in there.

Just remembered this room was painted while there was tanks in it, since the wall behind them is unpainted, and its been quite a few years but I dont remember anybody even covering them.

Edit: Just read on another site that one person used saran wrap to kinda seal it up. Others turned their filters off, Id imagine for less gas exchange. And many posts suggested doing a water change when youre done and the smell is gone or a couple days later, Id go with when your done and its all aired out.

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-19-2011, 01:31 PM
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If you use saran wrap or anything airtight to cover it, then you risk depleting the fishes' oxygen.

To be on the absolute safe side, you can get some aquarium tubing, and place the air pump in another room to pump fresh air in. (make sure there's a place for the air to come out.)

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-19-2011, 04:27 PM
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I would add carbon to the filter and drape the tank with a sheet. I think you'll be fine. Since you have live plants, just remember to remove the carbon a day or two after you've finished painting.

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