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Old 04-21-2015, 05:31 PM   #11
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My GBR takes potshots at my finger sometimes........
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:55 PM   #12
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I was just thinking of the times I have been injured by a tank inhabitant over the years;
I have been:
stung by a medium red volitan lionfish, felt like being injected with molten lead
bit by a small/medium snowflake eel, bled like crazy
bit by a large Oscar, minor scratches and a little bleeding
bit by a needlenose gar, shredded fingertip, thankfully the gar was only about 4" long
thanks to my lame coworker I got stung over the majority of my inner forearm by a large and very healthy carpet anemone, had a rash for a week
scratched, cut, stabbed by numerous little fish spines

but the two that really stand out are;
getting tagged/stabbed by the cheek spines of venomous saltwater catfish, made me extremely ill for days, worse than the lion sting.
and getting very aggressively attacked by a large, 8"+, Naso tang, opened me right up. Luckily didn't need stitches as it wasn't too deep, but about 2.5" long gash. got the obligatory shot in the butt of penicillin and all that.

to this day I will admit that I am a little skiddish when it comes to putting my hand into a tank with tangs.



So what battle wounds have you acquired in your quest to keep our finned friends?
Jeez man underwater animals hate you. Jk
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:05 PM   #13
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I got attacked by a snowflake eel who missed mostly but I had a scratch on my pinkie. I've had various goldfish bite me. I had one of my cichlids go for a lose piece of skin on my finger and rip the skin from my fingernail. I've had bluegill spines barb me several times when I kept them. And had my cleaner shrimp pinch me and my sea urchin wouldn't get off my hand and start "grazing" on my hand, It hurt a lot and the urchin wouldn't get off for like 5 minutes and I've had another sea urchin get stuck in my hand. There is probably more that i can't remember.
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Only really FW crayfish. Sometimes a case of who was grabbing who except they were more painful
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:42 AM   #15
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Only really FW crayfish. Sometimes a case of who was grabbing who except they were more painful

I forgot about this lol I'm very careful where I put my hands in that tank!


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I have one of those friends who every fish keeper hates... you know, the low attention span, curious, finger banging the glass kind of friend. Well he was checking out my Oscar who was about 7 inches at the time. He held his finger about two inches above the water, next thing I know the Oscar is out of the water latched on his finger. It let go and dropped back in but left a nice cut. The same friend has been stung by an anemone I had, barbed pretty bad by a catfish, bitten by two of my snakes and had a gecko latch on his finger for 15 minutes. And after all of this he will still reach right up to things index finger extended... :/
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I have one of those friends who every fish keeper hates... you know, the low attention span, curious, finger banging the glass kind of friend. Well he was checking out my Oscar who was about 7 inches at the time. He held his finger about two inches above the water, next thing I know the Oscar is out of the water latched on his finger. It let go and dropped back in but left a nice cut. The same friend has been stung by an anemone I had, barbed pretty bad by a catfish, bitten by two of my snakes and had a gecko latch on his finger for 15 minutes. And after all of this he will still reach right up to things index finger extended... :/
LOL, I at least have incurred all my injuries while cleaning, catching, and acclimating, generally doing stuff that is normal in tank/LFS maintenance.
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I have one of those friends who every fish keeper hates... you know, the low attention span, curious, finger banging the glass kind of friend. Well he was checking out my Oscar who was about 7 inches at the time. He held his finger about two inches above the water, next thing I know the Oscar is out of the water latched on his finger. It let go and dropped back in but left a nice cut. The same friend has been stung by an anemone I had, barbed pretty bad by a catfish, bitten by two of my snakes and had a gecko latch on his finger for 15 minutes. And after all of this he will still reach right up to things index finger extended... :/

Sounds like you need a master lock on those lids lol


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funny thing is, when I had a baby nurse shark, I could feed it by hand and it never once tried to eat me!


no, it is just all the little buggers that are out to get me.
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Wow! Mine is nothing compared to you guy's.
I use to always feed my elephant nose by hand, but when he got bigger he would always grab my fingertips and take the skin off. So I decided to stop feeding him that way.

55 gallon elephant nose tank.
30 gallon vampire shrimp, green lace shrimp and snails.
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