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Old 03-17-2009, 08:49 PM   #1
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itchy arms

For the last couple of weeks every time I clean my salt water tank my arms break out in a visible rash bad enough to send me to the doctor. The same thing has happened to a friend because of my tank. The salinity is right, the temp is correct, & the fish food is alternated. I came home 2 days ago to find all my fish dead. Help, does anyone know what might have caused this?
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Never had that problem before but maybe you just have sensitive skin. SW is slightly caustic.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:14 PM   #3
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As Mike stated, some are more sensitive to saltwater, inhabitants, or chemicals released by specific animals within. As for your fish dieing and if all parameters are normal (check your heater/temp.) then I would consider a chemical agent (ammonia based) or perhaps a lotion of some kind that you used before submerging your arms?
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I agree, you will need to troubleshoot what you did before cleaning the tank...maybe washed your hands with an anti bacterial soap or some sort of detergent...? Dang, I had something else to say but it was lost in my typing...
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:35 PM   #5
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There are alot of things in a salt water tank ..I now must pose the question are you allergic to anything .. There are so many things in a tank that could pose an issue espically if you have allergies .. I have allergies to alot so when I clean my tank my respiratory equipment ,1st line oral meds and epi pen stand at the ready .. I also wear gloves to minimize any issues that could happen ...
also if you do not have a volt meter get one and process of elemination ..
also did you spray anything near or around your tank . How old is your tank ?
What size tank is it , what fish did you have ?
Do you scrub before going into your tank , it only takes a trace to wipe out an entire tank ..
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I remember what it was...Do you have any corals in the tank.
I agree with the above advice as well.
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my brackish tank makes my arm rash up. it took me awhile to figure it out.i have to wash immediately, and then put lotion on.
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.... I have allergies to alot so when I clean my tank my respiratory equipment ,1st line oral meds and epi pen stand at the ready .. ...
Wow! Now there's devotion to the hobby!

Agree with the other posters... regarding the fish deaths, need a little more info to help out. Along with the other questions, how long had the fish been in the tank, and how long has it been up and running.

Regarding the rash... when you say it happens every time you clean the tank, what exactly does "cleaning the tank" involve. Kinda sounds like a dumb question, but I just didn't want to assume I knew what that meant! My arms get a little itchy from time to time if they're in the tank too long, but never a rash.
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I was vacuuming the gravel and also doing my weekly water change.

I have an anenome, frogspawn, zoos, etc as far as corals go. Do you think one of these could have stung me?

After I did the water changed I added the following chemicals:

Reef Carbonate
Reef Iodine
Reef Calcium

Do you think this could have killed the fish? I only added what it told me to on the back of the bottles (one capful).
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