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post #21 of 24 Old 02-07-2013, 01:01 PM
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Yes, I still have the carbon in the packaging. I set it aside just in case, I'll add that to the tank. Should I rinse it first? It's in a little black bag. I've never used carbon before.

The tank is half covered in glass for the light to sit on, the front is left open because the plastic lid broke. I'll be looking in to a full glass cover after this just to be safe. I love the look of an open tank but I'm incredibly paranoid right now. I feel so guilty and awful.

The last rabsbora seems to be normal, although I believe she is a little stressed being "alone" in the tank.
Yes,,rinse the carbon and then place it in the filter.
Might consider covering tank's equip,etc with blanket(s) in future.(when spraying for pest's)
Anything that the residual could have been sprayed on or near, could then be toxic if used in the aquarium.(food's,net's,bucket's,hoses,etc.)
Can't explain why the gourami may not have been affected but it may yet.

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post #22 of 24 Old 02-07-2013, 01:23 PM
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I would think that fumes would affect the gourami first, as they breathe air. But I have no idea, really.
The spray doesn't stay in the air like it does in the tank as your home is not a truely closed environment like the tank is. They would have to have been breathing air while the spray was still in the air. I also assume that the spray is some sort of water soluble compound which would tend toward easy absorption when ever it contacts the water so the concentration may be higher in the water too..

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I just...we've never had this problem before. And the spray is just that jet of liquid onto the edges of the carpet. We've never had this problem before, or even with our outdoor pond that is near the wall outside that gets sprayed. It's not that it isn't a possibility, but...it just seems odd.

I just wish I could narrow it down specifically to one thing. Because now I truthfully have no idea if my tank is even safe, or ever will be.
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I just...we've never had this problem before. And the spray is just that jet of liquid onto the edges of the carpet. We've never had this problem before, or even with our outdoor pond that is near the wall outside that gets sprayed. It's not that it isn't a possibility, but...it just seems odd.

I just wish I could narrow it down specifically to one thing. Because now I truthfully have no idea if my tank is even safe, or ever will be.
Do you know what the product is that is sprayed or what they are spraying for specifically? Many are listed as pet friendly... not sure how that translates to aquariums but it might depend upon what the pest is and whether this is a contact treatment or some residual treatment.(sounds like contact) If the fumes are really just the smell as opposed to a fumigation where you need to vacate and leave the house closed for a period then it may not be that at all.

It would be worth a call to the company and ask them what it is and perhaps how it might affect an aquarium.

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