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Paint Fumes Bad For Tanks?

We have been spray painting in the house. I know....but had not choice because the humidity outside is awful, and no paint will dry. We did it in a ventilated room with fans, but the fumes are strong in the house anyway. I don't know how to get rid of the fumes quickly, so we are running as many fans and the a/c in hopes it will clear soon. I'm wondering if I should worry about my fish tanks. I turned off the air bubblers, and covered the tanks with sheets. It was just a small amount of krylon painting, but it stunk up the place.
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Fish should be okay, but I'd watch them for any signs of stress.

I know you said you have AC on, but having the fans blowing out a window will help suck all the smell out. It may be worth turning off the AC for a bit so the house can be cleared out instead of having the fumes circulated around the house further.
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Fish should be okay, but I'd watch them for any signs of stress.

I know you said you have AC on, but having the fans blowing out a window will help suck all the smell out. It may be worth turning off the AC for a bit so the house can be cleared out instead of having the fumes circulated around the house further.
That makes sense. I really don't want to lose the A/c in 90 degree weather, but I've gone ahead and shut it off for a short time at least. Had to get this project done for the neighborhood school play tomorrow. Krylon sprays are major stink bombs.
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I don't blame you for not wanting to shut off the AC.

It has been 92 degrees here today and I've been a hermit. I had plans and blew them off. I walk the dog as she needs to go out and watered the plants a little while ago. Anything beyond that, not happening unless it's a emergency.

Hope the school play goes well and is a lot of fun.
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We have been spray painting in the house. I know....but had not choice because the humidity outside is awful, and no paint will dry. We did it in a ventilated room with fans, but the fumes are strong in the house anyway. I don't know how to get rid of the fumes quickly, so we are running as many fans and the a/c in hopes it will clear soon. I'm wondering if I should worry about my fish tanks. I turned off the air bubblers, and covered the tanks with sheets. It was just a small amount of krylon painting, but it stunk up the place.
Hi AWolf,

If it was latex paint (gloss, semi-gloss, satin, flat all the same) and you were rolling it on with a roller it would be a go. If it is latex paint and you are spraying cover the tank with Saran Wrap to keep out the small paint particles floating in the air. If you have an air pump turn it off. If you have a canister filter it can keep going. If HOB make sure to seal it well with Saran Wrap and it can keep going.

If you are using other types of paint the fumes can be toxic, read the instructions on the can.
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