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Old 12-24-2012, 05:31 PM   #11
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I just purchased some very long vet gloves.

No one ever speaks of these things! I knew that corals can sting, but secrete one of the most toxic substance known to people? That was a surprise.
My whole arm is swollen and has little sensation!
Lucky compared to how one can die from this!

thanks for answering everyone!
Are there any other safety precautions I should take into account?
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:48 PM   #12
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In a book by Anthony Calfo he writes about wiping fragging tools on a cloth after fragging Zoas and then inadvertently wiping his face after a clam squirts him and getting poisoned that way. Gotta be careful many different ways. Hope you recover fast.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:17 PM   #13
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You ended up getting pretty lucky. Anytime I have any cuts or anything on my hand/arm I have my GF do all the work in the tank. Along with palytoxins the mucus that most corals coat themselves with when disturbed is one of the most bacteria infested things on the planet so take caution when ever handling your corals and be sure to wash your hands and face afterwards.
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That is surely true. Even when diving, we don't recommend touching anything as there are so many things that can sting. I think that virtually all the corals we keep in the fish trade won't burn you, but zoas are not to be fooled with. I think you would need to ingest the toxin to be fatal, but working in the reef with a cut is a bad idea without gloves. I rarely wear gloves as the slime coat on the corals isn't as damaged by a ungloved hand that can be more delicate. But I also wash them afterwards.
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That is surely true. Even when diving, we don't recommend touching anything as there are so many things that can sting. I think that virtually all the corals we keep in the fish trade won't burn you, but zoas are not to be fooled with. I think you would need to ingest the toxin to be fatal, but working in the reef with a cut is a bad idea without gloves. I rarely wear gloves as the slime coat on the corals isn't as damaged by a ungloved hand that can be more delicate. But I also wash them afterwards.
Yes i recenty fragged a colony of radioactive dragoneye zoas no gloves my fingers broke out in a rash of tiny white bumps lasted about a week the the dragoneyes are one to watch did not happen with the watermelons that i fragged the week before them so its hit and miss with zoas so take precaution cause you never know
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