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post #1 of 8 Old 07-23-2009, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
Fleas and fish

Not sure quite where to put this post, but here goes:

We had a cat that contracted fleas. The cat is gone, but the fleas remain. One of my sons is so flea bitten that he looks as though he has chicken pox. I don't think we can bomb the house without killing the fish, though. Taking the fish to a friend's house is probably not possible.

Has anyone else had this problem? What does anyone suggest? Thanks for any/all input!


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post #2 of 8 Old 07-24-2009, 05:54 AM
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Hi Julie,

I'm pretty sure there is no safe way you can use a flea bomb with an aquarium. There are powder alternatives but I've never had to do this so you should probably Google it if you can't find a thread here.

Good luck

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-24-2009, 09:01 AM
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As a kid, I remember my parents throwing off some flea bombs.
I would cover my tank with thick plastic that painters use to protect the floor & leave it on there several hours after the bomb.
My fish lived through it, but do get some more opinions.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-24-2009, 09:59 AM
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Twisters has a good point

I will hold your fish hostage! Unless you pay me one billion dollars.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-24-2009, 11:00 AM
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Nope, you can bug bomb with a fish tank. I do it regularly.

Here's my procedure. First, I turn off any filters or air pumps. In my case I have biowheel filters so I pull the wheels out and float them in the tank. Then I cover over the top of the filter with aluminum foil. Finally I cover the entire top of the tank with several towels. Make sure the lights are off (don't want to catch the towels on fire) and bomb the house. A few hours without the filters running, so long as you made provision to keep the biofilters wet to avoid bacterial die off, won't hurt your fish. When you get home air out the house and set the tanks right.

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-24-2009, 01:16 PM
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I stand corrected.

Good luck with getting rid of those fleas!!

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-24-2009, 02:41 PM
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That's good info to know. You might want to add carbon to your filter afterwards just to be safe. The carbon will help remove any poison that may have gotten into the tank.

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-15-2009, 02:13 PM
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id turn everything off and wrap it in saran wrap then take everything off the top of your tank then put a airtight saran wrap over it too. then put a fresh carbon thing in ur filter afterwords set it all back up and presto ur good.
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