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Painting/decorating near fish?

Discussion in 'Fish' started by janey, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. janey

    janey Aspiring Aquascaper

    Jan 10, 2014
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    Surrey, UK
    I have a small shelf for two nano tanks that I want to paint this weekend, with oil based eggshell paint. It's fixed to the wall good & proper so would be a nightmare to remove...but I desperately need to paint it so it looks the biscuit!:p

    My fish are less than a meter from the shelf, so my question is would I be risking poisoning them with any fumes?

    If I covered the aquariums & kept the room well ventilated with windows open & wear my duffle coat & a hat (Brrrr -it's cold here!)...would it be okay do you think or is it just too risky?
  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 16, 2011
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    Melbourne Australia

    The best and safest way is to remove the shelf or shift the fish.

    The other method is add extra aeration to the tank/s and keep covered for at least 24hrs when finished the painting.

    Make sure the room is heated and well ventilated it will dry quicker if the area is heated.


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