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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-20-2006, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Co2 alcohol leak...

what would happen if the alcohol leaked into the fish tank... would it kill or be toxic to fish or shrimps?
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Small amounts of alcohol should not cause problems. However the sugar and yeast can cause problems due to oxygen depletion.
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I know from personal experience that the sugar and yeast getting in the tank can also cause a HUGE mess -- cloudy water, slimy gook on everything in the tank, and a general headache for the person who has to do all the water changes and ride it out over the next few weeks to get the tank back to normal.

If it ever happens, I found an airstone running all the time after the cat-induced yeast/sugar disaster helped me keep all my fish healthy, regular water changes, packing the spare media containers in my filter with fine floss, and adding some ghost shrimp who seemed to relish the crud in the tank all helped resolve the issue for me within about 3 weeks.
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I also had a cat knock a bottle over. I would estimate 2-3 cups got into the tank(10 gallon) before it was noticed. I did several 50% water changes each day for 3 days, removing the slime from the plants and glass in the process. All the fish made it and after a few days of this treatment it went away. The bottle is now on a shelf were the cats can't reach.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by yoink
The bottle is now on a shelf were the cats can't reach.
Cat's can reach everywhere...
Apart from that... A little bit of alcohol in the tank could be fun...
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