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Old 10-05-2003, 12:49 AM   #1
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What stung me???

While adding a couple pieces of LR to my tank, I was stung by something. It was not terribly painful but it sure did get my attention and what ever it was left a dozen or more little while stingers in my fingers? What could have done this and is there any reason I shouldnt be putting this rock in my tank for fear that the culprit will do the same to the inhabitants of the tank?

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Old 10-05-2003, 01:08 AM   #2
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Sounds to me like you may have had a run in with a bristleworm? They've never gotten me before but they can leave "stingers" in you. Did you see what it looked like? I've gotten at least a couple that hitched in on LR. It probably won't hurt anything in the tank but some can grow pretty large. Try http://www.aquarium.net/0198/0198_2.shtml for some more info and pics. Good luck.
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Old 10-05-2003, 01:57 AM   #3
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After reading the article, I'm sure it was a bristle worm. Those little guys are no joke. My hand is still a little tender. Thanks for the help.
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You need to make sure you got all the bristles out, then it shouldn't feel so tender. A trick I use is to use duct tape, put a piece ot duct tape over the area that got stung, and rip it off, the bristles come with it.
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Old 10-05-2003, 09:36 AM   #5
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if a person is alergic to bee stings, is there anything to woory about if ever getting stung by one of these worms? I've never been stung yet, but just want to make sure (since i am alergic to bee stings) that if i was to get stung by a worm, i shouldnt be taking the same action as if it were a bee.
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Old 10-05-2003, 02:52 PM   #6
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Great question, i hadnt even thought about that. My girl is alergic to bee stings. I'll toss a worm on her and we'll find out. I know that lion fish stings are no the same. same trail test...

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if she turne red, and blows up like a balloon, let me know. thanks.
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Well, the experiment went like this. Tossed a bristle worm on her, She jumped up....cursed at me, ran out side and got stung by a bee...I'll have to try again when things get colder out here and their arent so many bees buzzing around.

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Is there a safe type of gloves that one could wear while in the tank to help prevent such things from happening?
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Old 10-06-2003, 03:45 PM   #10
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Take this with a grain of salt as I am NOT a doctor.

Someone being alergic to a bee's sting is just that, an alergy. You could be alergic to dogs but not cats. BUT, What your alergic to in a bee's sting is the venom that stinger carries. I would be willing to bet that someone alergic to that vemon would have a propensity to be alergic to other mild stinging venoms, but as in the dog vs cat example, its not guarunteed.

As a simple precaution, if you're stung by anything in your tank I would at a minimum take some benedril and be aware of your ... "self", for lack of a better term. If you begin to flush, heart rate increases, or feel any sort of ache travel from where you were stung, seek help. When seeking help, try to be as descriptive as possible of what exactly stung you. This is what I did the first time I got skewered by my sea urchin... man, talk about burn! and that venom left a nasty black dot in my hand for a few days... but no ill effects, just irritation. Now had my wife gotten poke by the urchin, i likely would have been taking her to the hospital (she's very alergic to stinging insects)

hmmm should do some googling on this... see what we can come up with.
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