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Spray paint in tanks, what to do?

so i've been renting an apartment with some mold and water damage on the ceilings. one of the landlord's workers came in today and just used spray paint to cover up everything... there was no coverage for the items in the apartment or proper ventilation and some of the spray paint ended up in my tanks. how bad is it for plants and livestock? the tanks are currently not stocked with anything but pond snails, but i had planned on adding cherry shrimp to one of them and also using some plant trimmings for a new tank build. bad idea now? i can do a big water change, but i'm not sure if there would be some residual harmful stuff.



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I'd lay paper towel across the surface of the water and remove it to get rid of what's on the surface. Use a fresh piece every time. This should get rid of most of it. How it may affect livestock I'm not sure. Maybe someone else knows.
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First thing I would do is take a large bowl and gently touch the corner to the waters surface and slowly push it down into the water. This will create a skimming effect that will draw the surface particles into the bowl. Keep doing this until you see very little to nothing left on the surface. Then water changes. Lots of water changes. Good luck. I know if this happened to me, I would be pretty upset.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I was able to get rid of most of the paint, but some of the particles have settled into the substrate and I'm having trouble removing them. I think some of other stuff that appeared like a cloudy film on the surface has ended up dissolving into the water. These tanks had a good run for a couple years so I think I'm just going to tear them down and not risk adding livestock. Think the equipment would still be usable with a good cleaning? And yeah, I'm definitely upset about the whole thing.


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It looks to be a fairly small bowl - I'd say tear it down, clean it and restart.

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It looks to be a fairly small bowl - I'd say tear it down, clean it and restart.

It's actually a 13g bowl . Here's another pic from when it was doing well

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