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Termite Fumigation and fish tank??

What should I do with my fish tank during termite fumigation? Has anyone has any prior experience with that? Do I have to remove everything from the tank? Or can I just bag the tank for 2 days? Does the gas kills fish and plants or is it ok to leave the plants in the tank and just take out the fish?
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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 07-02-2007, 11:44 PM
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Although I have no experience with this I would assume the gas would diffuse into the water and kill your fish. You can try asking the fumigation company as I would assume they should know something like that.
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i wouldnt risk it, take the fish out, and the plants, and the filter media. After the fungimation change all your water out, rinse the substrate, let the filter go on for 24 hours with activated carbon before returning livestock. Of course this whole time the livestock should be in a quarantine tank not in there plastic bags.....

This is a just in case scenario though....
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Maybe you can wrap them with big garbage bags. You would have to seal them, with heat. And maybe run a hose from the bag to outside the house.


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The last time we had fumigation done i just covered my open top tank with a bed sheet for the whole day. had no casualties at all including flora and fauna. Just take care to pull the bed sheet all the way to the floor. Just my 2C.
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careful with sealing the tank shut, may have problems with gas exchange, maybe run an airpump from the outside into the tank.
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Had mine done years ago not for termites but other pests. Taped heavy plastic to the tanks and I had a bunch then. My Discus got thru it in my 55. Orkin man came once a month for a year and all was OK.
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Just seal the tanks with trash bags, making sure there is enough air in the bag. I did it with five tanks over a weekend. My plants weren't looking in tip top shape but everything was fine.

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I gotta get my house done in the near future......
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I had mine done, but I left the lights on and the heat buildup was incredible. Luckily, I turned it all off before my fish cooked, but it got up above 90 degrees.

So uhm, remember to turn your lights off before you cover the tanks.
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Vikane fumigant is minimally water soluble. With the tank properly sealed in theory there will be no dissolved vikane getting into the tank water. I am not sure however how soluble the Chloropicrin warning agent is, but as I recall it to is not esp soluble. If you decide to leave the fish I would cover the top of the tank with the nylofume bags the fumigator can supply, tape securely completely around the edge of the bag to produce a complete seal. At one time there was a label requirement that fish be removed, I think that has been removed from the label.
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I'm having my house fumigated with Vikane this weekend and I'm covering all the tanks with trash bags and run an air pump to tanks from outside the tent/house. Hope all the fishes and shrimps are Ok. I'll update when it's over.

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AquaVu, how did it sort out? I am going to have fumigation in a few weeks, and I'd like to know your experience. Thanks!
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The gas kills EVERYTHING, I attempted to seal a tank off with 3 layers of saran wrap, bad idea, since they were air permeable I guess. It needs to be absolutely air tight, to be safe I'd move your tanks outside. All the plants, all the baby birds in the attic and within 10 feet of the house, all the bugs and roaches, grass ... EVERYTHING touched by Vikane gas died.

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Unfortunately that will be impossible for me. I have 4 tanks, and some of them pretty big. I have read on other threads, people have sealed tanks successfully and survived the 48 hours fumigation...
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