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post #11 of 17 Old 02-28-2009, 07:48 PM
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-03-2009, 03:43 PM
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It has occurred to me b4 that having to put ur hands in the tank can't be good for the fish, although I do rinse them well and don't use hand cream. But I was wondering aren't there any long disposable plastic gloves you can get for when you have to put ur hands in the tank?
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post #13 of 17 Old 03-03-2009, 03:59 PM
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Well, most saltwater hobbyists use some sort of gloves as many of their tank inhabitants are venomous.

Personally, I put my hands in my tanks every single day. I rinse them really well beforehand. I don't use any sort of lotion or anything (hey...I'm a guy, what did you expect?). I think the main thing is to get your hands free of any unwanted chemicals. I don't think germs are really a big concern here, as it's not likely that you've got fish-targeting bacteria all over your hands.

About touching your fish: definitely not a good idea, as it can damage the slime coat, but I have done it before when it was better than other options. For example, I once was rounding up a huge batch of 1-inch kribensis fry that would hide in the corners of the tank. I couldn't use a net, as they'd hide down in the corner on the substrate and would get crushed by the net if I used it, so instead I gently grabbed them with my fingers and put them into a glass.

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post #14 of 17 Old 03-03-2009, 09:25 PM
Anyone who took microbiology and cultured thier hands knows that thier crawling with MANY live bacterias and yeast which eat each other and eat germs. Yes its part of your immune system. I wish i could remember how many and which ones.Yes they swab right off. It's almost frightening and paper towel cultures produce a rainbow of bacterial growth. We use them both so i don't think its a big deal its soap and lotion residue that you need to worry about.I do wash .
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post #15 of 17 Old 03-04-2009, 06:15 AM
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.I do wash .[/quote

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #16 of 17 Old 03-04-2009, 07:16 AM
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I wouldn't be very worried about germs or bacteria. For the most part diseases that affect us will have little effect on your fish and vice versa. Lets also be honest, the natural environment of most of these fish is not an anti-septic environment. Things like cleaners and soaps are another story. If I'm doing any tank maintenance I'll avoid using soaps, cleaners, or lotions for several hours before I work on the tank and before I start I rinse them well.

On the whole it's something I don't think you need to overly worry about, just use some common sense.

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It's funny the way you said that... because your choice of words makes fish sound like a pair of shoes or a new leather jacket that get "damaged" by being out in the rain.
Actually yes, handling fish can damage their slime coat like iamnbatman said. It's a good idea to not try and grab them for fun. Incidental contact happens and is not a concern and occasionally you've got no choice but to physically grab them but you're better off just not doing it unless its a necessity.

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post #17 of 17 Old 03-04-2009, 08:12 AM
Picking up your fish can also result in the fish slipping out of your hand like a wet bar of soap and landing on the floor, which can result in internal damage for the fish.
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