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Old 02-19-2011, 10:08 PM   #1
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Coral Toxicity?

What do newbies need to know about coral toxicity? A few minutes ago, I found this: Viewing article It's titled Aquatic Terrors, heh.

It seems like people put their bare hands in their tanks all the time. I don't have gloves - am I playing russian roulette? Is this a little sensationalized or a grim reality of the hobby?

Are you guys wearing safety goggles and rubber gloves when working with your corals?

The pictures on the link are really gruesome, as you can see.

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Old 02-19-2011, 11:00 PM   #2
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It is risky. If you are the better to be 5x too safe than barely not safe enough then you will probably want to wear gloves. I don't, and no else did at the shop I was running (including the guy paranoid about palytoxin). I have only ever heard of one real person (as opposed to the fake people who live in the internet) who has had palytoxin and that was someone who knew someone who knew someone.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:02 PM   #3
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i am more worried about what the stuff that's on my hands is going to do to my corals, than the other way around.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:42 AM   #5
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Agree with Mr X... at least for me, personally. Do I wear gloves all the time? No. But I do if I'm going to be reaching around in areas that I can't really see, or near my Ricordeas. (For some reason, those really leave a welt on me.)

But the toxicity issue is real, and could be a really bad problem if you are a sensitive individual. (And I"m not just talking about zoanthids and palytoxins.)
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I always wear gloves now because I have a killer tang that u will need to get your hand stapled after he is done with you. And I have lots of bristle worms but my tank is going on 5 years old ! U never see them but feel them later.
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I wear gloves if I'm going to be moving rocks or corals around or messing with the sand. Bristle worms can be a painful thing to grab with out them.
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What kind of gloves do you wear? So afraid of getting the wrong kind and spreading bad stuff around...
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Just plain ol' latex gloves. Just make sure you get the ones with no powder.

There are also several vendors out there that make shoulder-length gloves.
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ok, good to know except one big problem for me... allergic ( like blow up and can't breathe) to latex... would the non latex medical gloves work too?
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