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Old 09-09-2013, 01:14 AM   #1
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Are most inverts safe to pick up with your hands?

So I just got a job working at my LFS which brings all kinds of new questions with it. Are most of the smaller inverts safe to pick up with your hands? I'm thinking along the lines of emerald, porcelain, and pom pom crabs. I certainly wouldnt try to snatch a pistol shrimp with my hands, but other than that is there anything I should watch out for? I also learned that foxface rabbitfish are venomous. Had no idea. Anything else like that I need to be careful around?
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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Use net if you not sure.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:58 AM   #3
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The whole point in starting this thread was so that I can be sure...
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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Urchins are fine just don't squeeze them, anemones are iffy but I've never been bothered by condys or bubble tips but did get a pretty gods sting from a carpet nem so I wear powder less nitrile gloves if its any anemone other than the ones in my personal tank, crabs just be careful of being pinched, bristleworms DO NOT touch, rays I don't touch, sharks it depends how long we've had it and where it came from also depends on species, I've had very few injuries from inverts. Mainly just common sense will dictate. If it brutally kills other animals then I generally wouldn't touch it but there are so many species of inverts and even fish and corals that in no way could someone tell you individually which ones are safe and which aren't. I can tell you that very very few are lethal to humans. Like the foxface and lion, the sting hurts pretty bad but its far from life threatening.
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Thanks Tkey! Crabwise, are there any that are particularly pinchy?
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Thanks Tkey! Crabwise, are there any that are particularly pinchy?
All of them have the ability but the only crab I've ever been pinched by was a large emerald and a Sally light foot. But that was one time by each and I've picked up tons by hand without problems. Just matters what mood they are in
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Different people have different sensitivity. When diving, I never was bothered by anything but fire coral, while my wife got stung by everything. I work without gloves in my system, it hasn't caused me any problems, but be careful if you have any sores or open cuts. Don't touch your eyes. Always wash your hands afterwards and be really careful you don't have lotion or soap on your hands.

I don't handle crabs...ugh...they look like spiders.
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Different people have different sensitivity. When diving, I never was bothered by anything but fire coral, while my wife got stung by everything. I work without gloves in my system, it hasn't caused me any problems, but be careful if you have any sores or open cuts. Don't touch your eyes. Always wash your hands afterwards and be really careful you don't have lotion or soap on your hands.

I don't handle crabs...ugh...they look like spiders.
Just use a net with everything. Not so much for your safety as much as the safety of the animal you are selling. If an invert gets hurt while being caught that is stress that could have been avoided and can cause death. For the most part, not much SHOULD bother you. In terms of getting stung and things, it is like a bee sting. For me, I barely notice. For some people, they die.
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I've had a pistol shrimp hit me, not pinch but hit!!! It hurt like a bi***!
I was gonna take out a gbta, it fell in the back, I reached for it blindly,,,, felt a pain and herd him click at the same time!!! Little bum
I got pinched by him before but it didn't hurt as much as the punch!!!
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I've had a pistol shrimp hit me, not pinch but hit!!! It hurt like a bi***!
I was gonna take out a gbta, it fell in the back, I reached for it blindly,,,, felt a pain and herd him click at the same time!!! Little bum
I got pinched by him before but it didn't hurt as much as the punch!!!
That's funny. My Condy stung me once. Got my attention fast
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