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rgs1975 07-15-2009 08:23 PM

Help. I'm having an allergic reaction to my tank!
This is odd.

I installed a new thermometer and new mag cleaner on my tank tonight. Admittedly I've been bad and haven't been in the tank for quite some time (except for a couple seconds a day to feed). Today I also did a levels test. So I was with the open tank for a while tonight. About 5 minutes into the work I noticed I was starting to have an allergic reaction to something in the tank. Algae has begun growing on the underside of the hood, but it's not very prevelant inside the tank. I was exposed to algae, fish flake, freeze dried bloodworms and the water in the tank. No idea what is causing the allergies. My breathing is labored and I can feel my larynx tightening up, kind of have a bit of a wheeze like an asthmatic would. It's pretty damn uncomfortable. Any ideas?

Here are my levels which don't seem good. I've only used the paper test strips in the past. This time I used the API Freshwater Master Test Kit. All my fish seem happy and healthy and have been in the tank for a long time.

pH: 6
High pH: 7.4
Nitrate: 160
Nitrite: .50
Ammonia: .25
Temperature: 76 F

rgs1975 07-15-2009 08:29 PM

Here's a photo of the crazy algae growing under the hood, outside of the water.

Twistersmom 07-15-2009 08:48 PM

Wow! That is a lot of algae!
Looks like you have some cleaning up and water changes to do.

A lot of people are allergic to bloodworms. Might want to stay away from them just in case.

rgs1975 07-15-2009 09:11 PM


Originally Posted by Twistersmom (Post 215266)
A lot of people are allergic to bloodworms. Might want to stay away from them just in case.

All of my fish LOVE the bloodworms. Do you know of an appropriate substitute?

Twistersmom 07-15-2009 09:22 PM

Maybe if you just don't handle them and wash your hand after feeding, it would be ok. Not allergic myself, so I would have to do some reading up on the subject.
My fish also enjoy shrimp, krill, and live blackworms, but bloodworms is one of there favorites.

Byron 07-16-2009 08:53 AM


Originally Posted by rgs1975 (Post 215270)
All of my fish LOVE the bloodworms. Do you know of an appropriate substitute?

I have the allergy to bloodworms (the frozen and even the freeze-dried), but I feed them every evening because I have some wild SA fish that will eat nothing else (frozen bloodworms are the only non-live food they will take). I usually get by but sometimes if I accidentally smell them I sneeze a bit. If I happen to touch them I get a rash and itch, and my eyes run...quite a mess.

Avoid direct contact with your hands, and try not to inhale the smell. I use the Hakari cubes and pop one into a sauce dish, add some hot water to melt the ice, then use a syphon to squirt the thawed bloodworms into the tank. [I have to direct it at certain catfish that remain hidden in the bogwood to ensure they get fed.] Keep it at a distance from your nose. Sounds funny I know, but this usually works.

veganchick 07-17-2009 02:44 PM

how about daphina

rgs1975 07-17-2009 03:38 PM

Thanks everyone :)

I donated all of my bloodworms today to a friend of mine that enjoys the hobby as well and doesn't suffer from the dreaded allergy.

Last night I did a monumental anti-algae cleaning and a PWC of about 85%. I ended up spending hours on the tank getting it back into tip top condition. I'll take some readings tonight and post them, they should show a difference.....hopefully.

rgs1975 07-17-2009 06:26 PM

I posted the new test results in this new thread ----->

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