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Old 11-09-2005, 11:15 AM   #1
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Poll: Do you use bare hands in the tank?

After seeing the discussion about critters to watch out for, how many people use their bare hands when working the tank? Are there any precautions you take when handling LR? If not, what have you been stung/bitten by?

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Old 11-09-2005, 11:21 AM   #2
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I only put my hands in the tank when something falls over. I haven't had any problems so far (only 8 months in this hobby)

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Vacuming, placing coral, fragging xenia, and picking up the algae clip when it falls is when I do it most. I do have a 3ft wooden dowl to do turn the occasional snail or somtimes pick up the clip.

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I've always used my bare hands, but I also seldom put my hands in the tank. I have a magnet algae scrubber and a long handled algae scraper/tongs for most minor things.

When I first set up the tank i was moving rock around occasionaly etc. I was jabbed by my long spine urchina couple times. I've had my cleaner shrimp crawl around and clean under my finger nails for me... but nothing really bad. For those prone to allergies or sensative skin they might consider veterinary gloves. These are elbow length silicon gloves and are available without the powder that is often dusted over rubber gloves for storage.
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I use bare hands but I dont make it a practice to do alot either
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Old 11-09-2005, 02:17 PM   #6
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I try my hardest not to, but for some reason I always find my hands in my tanks. I recently found a nice long wooden skewer to turn over the snails or seperate hermits, but for rearranging or picking something up I use my bare hands. I always wash really well with JUST water first and then clean with a good antibacterial soap afterwards!
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Old 11-09-2005, 02:19 PM   #7
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I've always used bare hands and have never been attacked or anything .
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Even though i have aggressive fish they always hide as soon as i stick my hand in the tank. I was thiking on investing in those gloves that BillyZ is talkin about.
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Old 11-09-2005, 02:40 PM   #8
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Well... my hands are almost always in my tank.

I am always harvesting algaes (the macro kind) because my tank is growing them like crazy. When I dont harvest, you cant see the fish because they hide in the macro algae.

Prior to putting my hands in my tank I remove all jewelry then, I always wash them really good with antibacterial soap and water, then rinse them very well in RO water. I follow up with a similar wash when I am done.

I have been stabbed by my spinned sea urchin (OUCH!) and my shrimp love to climb all over my hands and pick at my dead skin cells.
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I just try to make sure I wash my hands and arms prior. (and rinse twice)
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My hands are always wet from being in the tank. I am sensitive to zoo's though and sometimes get a slight rash if I mess around to long. I wash up before and after.
I do use aquagloves for moving around liverock but they are just to bulky for doing tedious moving or getting into small spaces rescuing that one tiny frag that yet again, fell down between the rocks. lol

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