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Livelifelaughlove 02-27-2009 06:26 PM

Get Your Hands Out Of My Tank!!!
A lot of people on here talk about putting their hands in their tanks for various reasons...
Does anyone else have the same opinion that human hands should be put in the least as possible? who knows how many germs/bacteria/chemicals that we have on our hands, even after soap which shouldn't be used anyways around tanks, and introduce them into the fishes water, where they stay untill the water has been completely changed. I attempt to have as little physical contact with the water as possible, just to keep as much stuff as possible out.
Is this really enough of a problem to worry about? Is this just another one of my tangents?

dramaqueen 02-27-2009 06:34 PM

I try to keep my hands out of the water as much as possible, too. I hear of people picking up their fish! Fish aren't cats and dogs that we can hold and pet and we can do damage to them when we do that.

jeaninel 02-27-2009 06:42 PM

I think that's a reasonable opinion. Although it's pretty hard not to put your hands in the tank for whatever reason. I always make sure my hands are clean before I have to put them in the tank. I'll always rinse them with hot water before they go in the tank. I try not to use soap but if I do I make sure to rinse really well. I make sure on water change day that I don't put any hand lotion on in the morning and not to do any household chores which involve using cleaners, etc before doing any tank maintenance. It's just a matter of using common sense.

Kim 02-27-2009 06:50 PM

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.

Livelifelaughlove 02-27-2009 06:56 PM

I wasn't meaning against you kim, actually this thought process was started by remembering people who stick their hands in their betta tanks, which this persons was 2 gallons if i recall correctly. I just kinda annoys me i guess. Each to their own
and i don't mean to offend anyone if i did!
i just personally think that if possible you shouldn't. though i do realize there are times when you would have to

dramaqueen 02-27-2009 07:20 PM

Sometimes you DO have to put your hands in the tank to do mainenance, like Kim and Jeaninel said but other than that, its not a good idea to put hands in the tank, especially if you have fish that bite. lol

Twistersmom 02-27-2009 09:06 PM

I have to put my hands in three of my tanks everyday. I have some aggressive eaters in those tanks, some of my slower more finicky fish at the bottom would probably not get any food otherwise. I squirt some food close to their mouths.
I am always sure to wash my hands first.

watts300 02-28-2009 05:38 PM


Originally Posted by dramaqueen (Post 176343)
Fish aren't cats and dogs that we can hold and pet and we can do damage to them when we do that.

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.

I thought living things get injured or hurt.

dramaqueen 02-28-2009 07:27 PM

I guess I picked the wrong word. lol I guess I should have said "hurt" them. A pair of shoes can't feel

Livelifelaughlove 02-28-2009 07:30 PM

Lol, its ok drama, we got the point

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