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Bill Trevarrow via zbrafish%40net.bio.net (by trevarro from uoneuro.uoregon.edu)
Wed Dec 12 18:29:41 EST 2007

Hi Judy,

Depending upon the way things are run there and 
the kind of paint involved, yes you should worry 
about the paint fumes affecting your fish.
This could also be a health problem for people in the room.

However if your tanks are aerated and covered, 
and the source of air is in a separate fume free 
location, than you would be able to paint in a 
room without exposing the fish to the fumes.
On the other hand, if you don't paint in the fish 
room but produce paint fumes in the location of 
the tank aerating  air source is, your fish may 
be strongly affected.

I have no knowledge of or experience with Kilz 
paint, but we are even concerned about latex 

There have been cases where exposure to fumes has 
caused fish to be non-reproductive for several 

We recently had a paint fume exposure from a next 
door construction site cause a couple of people 
in our fish to get sick and go home. Any paint 
container should list human health hazards. You 
should also be able to get their MSDS's before 
buying the paint.

>>Hi All-
>>We are experiencing a problem with mold growth 
>>on a cold-exterior wall in one of our fish 
>>facilities.  The warm temps and high humidity 
>>in the room cause a lot of condensation on the 
>>wall and it's become a haven for mold.
>>It's going to be a tricky problem to remedy, 
>>but one thing we're looking into are mold 
>>resistant paints (i.e. Kilz).  Has anyone had 
>>any similar issues, or used a specific brand of 
>>paint?  Should we worry about the fumes 
>>affecting the water/fish?
>>Thanks for your help,
>>Judy Bennett
>>UMass Amherst
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Bill Trevarrow
Zebrafish Facility Director
Institute of Neuroscience
University of Oregon 1254
Eugene, OR 97403-1254
Off. Tel: (541) 346-4598
Fac. Tel: (541) 346-4512
Fac. Website: http://fish.uoregon.edu/zf/uo/
Fax: (541) 346-4548
e-mail: trevarro from uoneuro.uoregon.edu

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