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Question Anyone Survive Termite Fumigation?

I've read some threads from folks who have covered and/or wrapped their tanks during a 2 day fumigation but was wondering if this would work for 7 days. I live in a condo complex and the whole building has to be gassed with Vikane.
I'm thinking that if I create a large air space above the tank with heavy plastic sheeting and keep my canister filter running I might be okay. I'll unplug the lights to prevent heat buildup.
Its a 90 gallon heavily planted tank, so uprooting the plants and removing the fish would be a major pita.
Any ideas would be welcome.
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I wish I can help but I cannot. The only reply I can give that might slightly help your situation is this. My apartment was recently fumigated for german roaches. The Eclipse system 2 was shutoff but the 36 gallon with the canister I left up and running. I through a comforter over the top of the tank and left the canister running. Everyone survived with not even the slightest hint of shock. BUT............the apartment only needed to be evacuated for 5 hours. I cannot give a reply to 7 days. I would think that the tenant law would work in this case if you need to leave the prperty for 7 days, they need to offer you a suitable place to stay for that period and also relocate you live animals also. Including fish. I would see what they say and maybe even contact a renters rights agancy and see what the laws are. Hope this helps.
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I would pull livestock drop a heater in a bucket and put a hob on the side and take them with you while you have to be out of the apt. saran wrap the top of the tank and let it go


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I'd call the pest control company and see what they have to say about the chemical they're using versus live fish. 7 days is a long time...





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I'd call the pest control company and see what they have to say about the chemical they're using versus live fish. 7 days is a long time...
i second that, a lot of the chemicals used wont affect humans, fish, just things with exo skelatons. but definatley check with the company because if there fumigating that may not be the case.
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Thanks for the replys.I'm not so much worried about the chemical itself, just the fact the tank will be blacked out for 7 days.The Vikane gas is applied for between 15-24 hours so the bulk of the time will be spent putting up and taking down the tenting.
Since I'm an owner I'll have to cover the cost for relocating for the week, and I don't have much faith in leaving my stock at the local fish store. So, I'm gonna take a vacation and hope for the best.
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Get some rubbermaid tubs and put the fish in those.

The fumigant isn't very soluble in water, but I wouldn't take the chance.


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Won't the electricity be turned off at the main breaker, too?

I had to have one of our listings tented last year and if I remember correctly, we had to shut off the breakers...

If that's the case, you'll lose filtration too- so I'd move the fish.





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Won't the electricity be turned off at the main breaker, too?

I had to have one of our listings tented last year and if I remember correctly, we had to shut off the breakers...

If that's the case, you'll lose filtration too- so I'd move the fish.
No, the power will stay on,but they advised us to turn off our water heaters as the water will be shut off.
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i dont understand the point of shuting off the water
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