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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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painting room with tank in it

We're about to paint, and I'm wondering if I will need to move my tank. It's a 10-gal open top planted tank with AC20 filter. I could move it if it's necessary, but I'm wondering that people usually do when painting near their tank. Would it be ok if I used low/zero VOC paint?
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i'd probably move it if you can't give it a tight-fitting top for the time you're painting. better safe than sorry...
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Toss a vinyl tarp over the top.

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10 gallon is easy to move. Do it.

I moved all my tanks when we de-did our hardwood floors. That was a lot of work. (The floors and the tanks).

Then I was very careful to keep the windows open in the rooms with the tanks, and where we were working on the floors. Towel stuffed under the door to the fish so the fumes did not get into those rooms.

I am not sure you have to get that paranoid about paint, though.

I would sure add fresh activated carbon to the filter, and change it every few days while you are painting, and for perhaps a week after, even if you cannot smell anything. AC adsorbs a lot of different things.

The tarp is a good idea, and if you can put an air pump outside a window you would be adding more pressure to the space under it, so less room air (with paint fumes) would get near the tank.
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I would just make sure it's moved away from the wall and covered so paint can not drip in it. My guess is your using latex(water base) and not oil-base. So strong odor or toxins will not be a problem. Just my opinion.
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Toss a vinyl tarp over the top.
Yup. That's what I did. Lost no fish, and they're discus, too, if that says anything.

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Now that I think of it, I will have to move it away from the wall, so may as well move it to a different room. It's easy to enough to move once most of the water is siphoned off. Thanks for the input.
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