I searched and found a few old threads - thought Id post a new one to generate discussion. And perhaps find out Im not the only numbskull.
I got off the phone with poison control about 30 minutes ago....
I spent some money today for some amazing SPS
coral - several nice pieces and frags. Was really excited when I got home to move stuff in my tank around to make space for my new additions. I did not put gloves on even though I have several pairs. I have gone gloveless before and developed a bad habit of sticking my hands in my tank without thinking twice about it.
I have several Zoanthid/paly colonies all of which I moved several times bare handed - I even recall the slime feeling on my hands and thinking I should be wearing gloves. I spent about an hour in my tank messing around and I suddenly realized that I was getting light headed, my eyes were feeling really strange and I was having trouble seeing... A bad head ache followed. It all came on quite quickly. It took me about 15 minutes to figure out what was going on... I quickly took a shower washing my hands really well.... I never had trouble breathing or any other more severe symptoms but the ones I did have were not fun.
My wife convinced me to call poison control which I did. Fortunately my symptoms have improved and I am feeling better. I admit I am a little embarrassed by this but thought Id remind those of you like me who know better and those of you who didn't know about risks involved with handling zoanthids or other potentially dangerous coral.
You better believe I will be wearing gloves from now on.