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Old 10-18-2004, 08:24 AM   #1
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Paint fumes

We're currently having the bathroom decorated upstairs, and my QT is in my bedroom across the landing, my main tank is downstairs.

Should I be worring about paint fumes? I can smell them down here...
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:21 AM   #2
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In theory anything that is airborn can get into the water via the gas exchange. I belive we have had a simular discussion in the past. If you search "paint + fumes" you might find some of those discusions.

I belive the overall consensius is to check your water a little more during the phase and take action if needed.
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Okie - what do I check for in the water though? My LFS is out of stock of the Salifert Paint Fume test... :P
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Check your basic water qualty tests like ammonia and nitrite. If you have a skimmer make sure its working at good effecency aswell. Covering the tank will help keep fumes out of the gas exchange but it will also limit the gas exchange aswell.
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No worries - just noticed he's left his painting gear right next to my waterchange container and equipment (powerhead, salt, heater/pipes etc.) in the spare room!!

I guess with a rinse (as usual) these will all be ok?
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