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View Poll Results: How often do your stick your hand in the aquarium, for whatever reason?
Daily 9 32.14%
Every 2-3 days 8 28.57%
Every 4-5 days 1 3.57%
Weekly 8 28.57%
Every 2 weeks or more. 2 7.14%
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post #1 of 10 Old 06-30-2012, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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How often do you stick your hand in the tank?

Here's a poll, just for fun (posted for the n-th time because there's some sort of bug with the forum software) asking a simple question, how often do you find yourself sticking your hand inside your aquarium? The reason can by anything, from perfecting your aquascape to routine water changes. Just curious, becuase I've been finding reasons to go in there every couple days to do something, and wanted to know if it's just "new tank honeymoon period" or if it's gonna really stay like this for good!
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-01-2012, 01:38 AM
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I only ever put my hand into my 10 gallon tanks when the fish decide they want to change my aquascaping. (Grrr) I put my hands in my goldfish tank on a daily basis because I hand-feed them, but that is the only tank where I do this.

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-01-2012, 01:46 AM
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I'm still working on my planted tank so I put my hands in to adjust amlost every day, but in my finished tanks its less then once a week

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-01-2012, 11:37 AM
When ever I clean my tanks...so every 2 weeks.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-01-2012, 11:43 AM
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During water changes, if plant pruning/trimming is required which it usually is. With new tanks, may be more frequent if the aquascape needs arranging, or a new plant needs planting, though I try to do these things at the water change to avoid disrupting the tank too much. Fish will (or should) usually get used to the aquarist being in the tank a bit, though one wants to keep this minimal. Wash hands thoroughly before (no soap this time, just water) and after.

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-01-2012, 11:48 AM
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Yea, I find it's a "new tank thing." After you get it nice you kind of don't want to bug it too much anymore.
My shrimp have gotten more than used to me, one jumped up on my hand and starting cleaning me!

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3 lovely male betta still keep me company.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-01-2012, 10:48 PM
Depends on what exactly you mean by "sticking your hand in the tank" xD I'll stick my fingers in it because I enjoy hand-feeding my tetras every once in a while (my black neons are so cute <3 They have absolutely no fear and will nibble on my fingers as well), but I'm normally not in more than that unless I'm doing water changes and vacuuming the gravel or rearranging the decor.

I'm in it enough that the fish are used to me messing around with things, but it's not what I'd call a daily thing.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-01-2012, 11:07 PM
It's still a daily thing because my loaches keep uprooting plants. Though now I've been tying everything down to rocks so it's less and less.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-01-2012, 11:44 PM
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I'm usually in my tanks about onas a day..my 45 is cycling, so there's the w/c I do everyday, but it's good to get your fish used to you...my guppies bite at my hand..they are so hungry!!

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-02-2012, 06:47 AM
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couple times a week...

the more planted your tank is it's just something that is going to be a constant thing. Pruning,removing debis. Certain plants sticking to filter. My fish have become use to this. They wont even get out of my way most of time.
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