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post #61 of 68 Old 02-21-2011, 12:16 PM
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You can't prune stem plants with gloves very well.
The dangers of chicken, pork, beef, the beach, diet coke, beavers, and grass would be starters. If you think your tank is hazardous, grass is on a whole different level(this isn't sarcastic). I always remember the dangers grass holds when I am lying on it.
Agree, there is just no way to prune plants with gloves on and those stupid 18" long plastic gadgets that the big box pet stores sell are junk and do not work! Like you I don't even think about the open cuts I may have on my hand. With two cats I usually have some kind of open scratch, lol.

Ok, I have to know. What is so dangerous about beavers?? I agree on the grass. Ick. I won't lie down on it, too many bugs can be crawling around, lol. I'm okay with caterpillars and spiders but not insects, yuck.
The beach?? No way! The beach is the best and I'll kick back in the sand sans a beach towel any day of the week and twice on Sunday. I *adore* the beach!

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post #62 of 68 Old 02-21-2011, 02:26 PM
@Thunderloom - I was trying to have a civilized argument not troll you or cause you any offense which is what my last post was about. There is a ignore button though that will hide all my posts if you do so wish for that.

@Kymmie - There is a disease called Beaver Fever cause by a parasite called Giardia. Its cause by a number of things, but has some odd connection with being carried by beavers and their relatives as one route of infection. In the northern Mid USA its a big reason why we boil lake water prior to drinking if we are camping in the middle of nowhere. About grass, Insects don't bother me at all, I love laying on the grass. Again it has to do with parasites. My Zoology class had this amazing way of creeping me out about everything to the point where I lost all caring. If I did something before lecture, without fail we would talk indepth about some pathogen that was related, often parasitic. I lay on grass, Prof talks about how hookworm larva live in grass and soil and can penetrate human skin, I do this. Leave lecture, big grass lawn outside that building = more of this. Eventually I came to the conclusion everything exists to carry some kinda pathogen that wants to infect me. So I stopped caring about most of it.

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post #63 of 68 Old 02-21-2011, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I do trim my plants by sticking my hands/arms into the tank as well. I wash very very well as soon as I am done. Actually, BEFORE as well to get rid of any lotion residue on my skin. My fish don't want to eat that. Now... For you fishy sorts. How do you guys manage the plants in your deeper tanks. Am I the only idiot who struggles here. If I am on a step ladder looking down into the tank, I can't see what I need to get at. When I am looking from the side, I can't reach the plants at the bottom. Consequently, my plants are not as nicely pruned as I wish they were. I have actually dreamed of making myself small and swimming in the tank to groom the tank. (Think Petco ad a few years ago)

Then I also dreamed my Rainbow Shark, Tiger Barbs and Gourami were being well behaved with me but my Guppies kept trying to grab my air hose. LOL Yup, I have strange dreams. :)
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post #64 of 68 Old 02-21-2011, 04:04 PM
I commonly use giant chopsticks. XD

Actually a standard metal grilling fork and spatula may do you well, one or two companies make pruning reachers. I've pretty much made due with a full length of UGF lift pipe and the scraper's handle.

Had this nasty situation last year where I didn't get my gloves rinsed out at work and my finger got scratched up around the cuticle. Toxified human pickle juice bath followed by finding out I'm alergic to Neomycin left me with burns. You can get nice long gloves. Aquarium Cleaning Gloves is a good example.
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post #65 of 68 Old 02-21-2011, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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The problem is that my tank is 25 inches deep. Like I said, I can lean over and reach the bottom of the tank but when I do, I can't see what I am doing. The long handled tools sound like a good idea. I bet it is a lesson in frustration though controlling them.

My plants are currently in a major need of help. They need some pruning big time but I just can't get to them. (
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post #66 of 68 Old 02-21-2011, 05:41 PM
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i have to stand on a ladder to reach in to my fish tank

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #67 of 68 Old 02-21-2011, 07:34 PM
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i have to stand on a ladder to reach in to my fish tank
LOL me too (on the 135G). And if I need to reach something at the bottom I usually just stand there looking longingly at it and decide it will have to wait until water change day when I can drop the water level low enough so that I can reach the bottom without getting water up to my armpit. In the colder months this also means changing into a short sleeved shirt so i don't get my sleeves all wet.

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LOL me too (on the 135G). And if I need to reach something at the bottom I usually just stand there looking longingly at it and decide it will have to wait until water change day when I can drop the water level low enough so that I can reach the bottom without getting water up to my armpit. In the colder months this also means changing into a short sleeved shirt so i don't get my sleeves all wet.

That is what I do also but.... How do you see down into the tank to see what you are doing? I can't see and have my arms down there working. Maybe I am an idiot or just have poor eyes but... I can't see through the water. :( Darn old eyes. Not to mention, I almost fell into my tank once when I was leaning over so much to try to see what I was doing. Then people wonder why my plants are not meticulously groomed. They know I want them to be but don't know I am inept. lol
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