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Question open top tanks and candles?

if I light a candle in the same room as an open top tank, can it poison the fish? Not like a chemical filled dollar store candle, but like Yankee candle, so better quality. Or would it be wise to buy an all natural soy candle? Or would any candle be fine and I am over thinking this?
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You're fretting over nothing. Just keep the tank water free of dissolved wastes by changing it out regularly and your fish will be fine.

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You're overthinking it. I recently repainted my bathroom, and the stink(and quite possibly other chemicals) drifted into my room where the shrimp are. Lit a Yankee candle, and the smell went away. The shrimp are still fine, as are the plants.
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I've sprayed Raid litterally over a tank by accident lol , nothing happened. You'll be fine.

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Wouldn't sweat it.. i burn incense and it hasn't phased the tanks a bit..
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Worry more about breathing it yourself. Do like me and become a beekeeper, harvest the wax and burn beeswax candles. The best! Some say they clean the air. Not so sure about that...
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Worry more about breathing it yourself. Do like me and become a beekeeper, harvest the wax and burn beeswax candles. The best! Some say they clean the air. Not so sure about that...

HA, I've always wanted bees, but don't think that would work while still in school.
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Worry more about breathing it yourself. Do like me and become a beekeeper, harvest the wax and burn beeswax candles. The best! Some say they clean the air. Not so sure about that...
That would be a lot work for a candle. But the side benefit would be all that great honey.
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Paraffin wax, which most candles are made of, and beeswax, both burn pretty cleanly, the produce CO2, water vapour and soot. And soot is just very, very small particles of carbon, as harmful as charcoal.

C25H52 + 38 O2 --> 25 CO2 + 26 H2O

So, a non-scented candle won't produce any harmful chemicals. Most scented ones won't either, but I can't vouch for the chemistry there.

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I wish candles made from petroleum waxes were as pure as that equation, but at least with beeswax, the impurities smell a lot like HONEY! But that is a whole 'nother forum and addiction. Mmmmmm, another sip of my ice tea sweetened with honey...

But back to the OP's question, probably more danger in the virgin tap water than a few dozen candles of any wax could contribute burning in the same room!
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I use four Wax Warmers with Smoked Vanilla Bean Scented Wax Melts in the room where I keep my four fish tanks, fish tank seemed fine. One of the fish tank is a huge Pacu tank with 3 Pacu fish Been running for 5-6 months. All my fish tanks have open top, lights are on a raised fixture.
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