02-27-2009, 07:50 PM
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I NEVER attempt to touch or hold my fish. It's just dangerous to them in my opinion. However, there are many reasons (especially on larger, cycled tanks) that you would need to put your hands in the tank. I just make sure that I have scrubbed my hands clean (using soap and rinsing VERY well) and I don't use any products on them beforehand. I have never had any problems using this method.
Oh, and the reason I use soap is that I am usually in contact with other animal feces (horses and cats mainly) as well as going to school, working outside, etc. on a daily basis. You get it, I get pretty grungy by the end of the day. So, I really need to make sure that I have KILLED all the germs on my hands and arms. As long as you rinse really well, I think it's more of a risk to allow germs into my aquarium than to use soap.