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Old 11-09-2005, 06:59 PM   #11
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I've never worn gloves, and I'm always trying not to get my hands wet, but there's always something that needs attention. It seems like as soon as you've picked up your fallen coral, you have a snail that's fallen upside down, and you feel too guilty not to put it right-side up.
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:09 PM   #12
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I worry more about whats on my hands that I might get in the tank than what is going to hurt me. If Im just doing something simple and quick I rinse my hands but if Im doing any major maintainance I put on the shoulder gloves
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:16 PM   #13
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I do it too feed my eel and move things around and pick up the algae clip..that's about it.
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Old 11-10-2005, 01:50 AM   #14
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I always put my bare hands in my tank. I also make sure I haven't used any chemicals that day, and my hands are clean.
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Old 11-10-2005, 03:24 AM   #15
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I think the most important thing you can do for your tank is to keep your hands out and let it be as much as possible. The very moment you dip your hand into the water, oxygen levels begin to plummet and oils from your skin run off into the water. This is more of a problem in smaller systems for obvious reasons. Always rinse your arm off real well with water before dipping your arm into the water and be as brief as possible. (if you have a system like brenden you could probably swim in it and be fine )

It's a fantastic idea to get some long tongs, or long skewers as mentioned. Avoid using any type of metal tools.
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Old 11-10-2005, 10:00 AM   #16
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DragonForce,

I am curious where you get the information about oxygen levels plummeting? I have never heard this.

I always thought that the oxygen levels in the tank are controled by oxygen exchange from the water surface. The more movement you have on the surface the better for hte oxygen exchange. I did not know that you could remove oxygen from the water by putting your hand it your tank.
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Old 11-10-2005, 10:04 AM   #17
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If you've washed your hands well first, I don't see a problem with having your hands in the tank. I have tongs and use them and lift tubes when I can but I still always have my hands in the tank for one reason or another and my tank/corals/fish have never suffered any ill effects from it. Been doing it this way for four years and with my fw and sw tanks.
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Old 11-10-2005, 10:39 AM   #18
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I am a hands on type of guy... I seem to go through a roll of paper towels in a couple hours...He he... I have been stuck, cut, stung, bit, bristled, rash, you name it.. nothing is going to keep me from putting my hands in the tank... 8O as others have said, I wash my hands, rinse twice, do what I need to do and then wash again.....
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I wash my hands, rinse twice, do what I need to do and then wash again.....

You know, I gotta improve on my "wash again" after I finish. Got the rest down.
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Old 11-11-2005, 11:21 AM   #20
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I wear aqua-gloves when performing my weekly maintenance. But, I use my bare hands when I need to perform more delicate work (eg- coral placement). In certain situations, you need a more "delicate touch" and wearing gloves just isn't practical.
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