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Old 03-25-2013, 06:46 AM   #1 
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Having the house sprayed for pests...

Hi everyone,

We are planning on having our house sprayed for pests (spiders, roaches etc) and I was wondering if anyone could shed some advice on keeping Julio safe while this happens...

They told me to put a book or magazine over his tank and cover it with a towel or blanket and he will be fine. Having said that my mum keeps goldfish and has her house sprayed every year, she just puts a mag over the bowl and they have always been fine.

What do you all think?

We have to be out of the house for 4 hrs

Thanks :)
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:13 AM   #2 
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I believe putting a towel over the tank would work just fine. :)
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Awesome!! Then a 100% water change as soon as I get back in?
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:20 AM   #4 
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Awesome!! Then a 100% water change as soon as I get back in?
Yup! That sounds about right. :)
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Ha! Well that was easy! Thanks!
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Ha! Well that was easy! Thanks!
Anytime!
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:55 AM   #7 
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Make sure there is not an air pump on his tank while spraying. Take the air pump out of the house entirely. You don't want it pumping that stuff into his water. No filters hold be running.

Also, I would cover his tank (and any external filters) with plastic wrap, and then a towel to hold it down. That's perfectly safe for a few hours and will make sure nothing gets in his tank.
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He has no pump or filter just his heater.

So some cling wrap then a towel?
And he will be ok with no air for 4 hrs?
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He has no pump or filter just his heater.

So some cling wrap then a towel?
And he will be ok with no air for 4 hrs?
Yes. You could lower the water level a bit before wrapping it if you want. That way, there's more air space above the water.
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If you just have the one betta, you should probably cup him (as you do when performing water changes) and take him out of the house with you while the place is being bombed or sprayed, just as you would your other pets--as well as covering the tank and taking the pump/filter out of the house. Then a full water change when you return, before placing him back in the tank/bowl. It's not that much more effort, and it makes a difference, because even a little of that poison is--poison, nerve-toxin, I would guess.
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