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post #1 of 28 Old 09-08-2010, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Is there any type of worm/parasite found in aquariums that is harmful to humans?

It seems as soon as I get rid of one type of worm or parasite I have another. Just concerned about having my arms in the water..I think of things like hookworms that can enter through the skin. Should I be concerned?

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post #2 of 28 Old 09-08-2010, 03:12 PM
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From advice I've read elsewhere, it is best to take no chances. There are worms that can be gotten from fish (I do not know about aquairum fish)..witness 'Monsters Inside Me' (sushi). I've seen long sleeved gloves for folk to use when they have to put their arms in.

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Wash your hands after you reach in the tank and you will have no problems.

Treat aquarium water for what it is- full of raw fish.


There is a fish TB that humans can get... It's incredibly rare though, and can only enter the skin through a wound.

Similiar to staph.

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post #4 of 28 Old 09-08-2010, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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so much for using my mouth to siphon...I am going to be sick. I would have never had to siphon like this if the end piece of my aquarium hose would fit in the entry of my tank.(I have been "careful" when doing this but I will not do this anymore) I am going to find a hose with a pump...and some long ass gloves...and I think I am going to get tested..

Also would you happen to know if these worms/ parasites effect inverts the same way? I have no fish..

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I think it depends. For example, shrimp can be 'carriers' to ich sometimes.... (Not forever, but like a month or so.)

I use my mouth to siphon too.
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post #6 of 28 Old 09-08-2010, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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After finding this link posted on another question it seems I have annelids, planeria, and possibly nematodes (roundworms) not unless it is a grown version of annelids...all disgusting though and none of which I want in my mouth or in my skin...

SUSHI= RAW FISH= I EAT (so not necessarily like an aquarium..)

Well if the shrimp can carry ick...it is not prob unless I am introducing fish..just wondering if these worms/ parasites will infest the guts of my snails or shrimp...or suck the life out if them.

Aquarium (and Pond) Answers: Aquarium Parasites & Detritus Worms; Trematodes, Nematodes, Annelids in Fish

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I always use my mouth to siphon and haven't given a second thought, nor will I. What the heck, lol.
I did however, suffer from a case of round worms. I think I narrowed that down to a case of eating (most likely) unproperly cleaned lettuce down in Costa Rica. A nice round of antibiotics spaced out over nine month's time cured it.

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post #8 of 28 Old 09-10-2010, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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oh gees..I don't know what's worse to talk about sucking worms or beetles...

I am afraid to ask but how do you know if you have worms...I have gained weight..maybe I caught a tapeworm... or roundworm from cleaning my tank.

9 MONTHS!! gees thought anything could be cured in a week with antibiotics..

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oh gees..I don't know what's worse to talk about sucking worms or beetles...

I am afraid to ask but how do you know if you have worms...I have gained weight..maybe I caught a tapeworm... or roundworm from cleaning my tank.

9 MONTHS!! gees thought anything could be cured in a week with antibiotics..
How do you know if you have the type of worms I did? OK, this is REALLY gross and graphic (stop reading right here if you don't want to know), but besides having your breath smell bizarre, your gut ache after eating certain types of foods, you can actually see "segments" of the worms (dead) in what gets left behind in the bathroom.


The length of time of the antibiotics is due to the life cycle of the worms and their eggs. If I recall correctly, I took the anitibiotics for a week straight, laid off for 30 days and then took another weeks worth, then in 60 days same, than at 90 days same. So actually, that's only six months, not nine, so I'm guilty of exaggerating, oops. There are alot worse parasites to "catch". I once contracted Giardia and that caused severe abdominal cramping, a major case of the "runs" and caused me to lose nearly 15 pounds (my normal weight is only 120 to begin with) and had me flat on my back for two weeks. That little microscopic organism caused me way more grief than a simple case of roundworms. The Roundworms were due to unwashed produce, Giardia due to drinking stream water while back packing in the Sierras. Both preventable had I been more intelligent in my choices. I'm still not worried about sucking down some tank water, lol.

Danielle- if you're concerned just call your Doc and tell them you want a "stool" test for parasite. Ok, enough grossness for for now.

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eeekkkk!!! and you guys call beetles gross

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