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Is there any type of worm/parasite found in aquariums that is harmful to humans?

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Is there any type of worm/parasite found in aquariums that is harmful to humans?
Old 09-10-2010, 02:53 PM   #11
 
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I think Fish TB is the main one to worry about when it comes to bare skin, but only if you have an open cut. I never wear gloves and, personally, putting my bare hands in the tank is one of the things I really enjoy about the hobby. Using your mouth on the siphon probably isn't good, but I still do that too.
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:08 PM   #12
 
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I believe one of my tanks has had fish TB before, the one that im bleaching right now. Of course, I suspected it might be fish TB beforehand, so I took caution when handling the tank....
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:46 PM   #13
 
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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.

eep....I will wait to see if my gut goes down after a couple weeks...maybe it's from the ice cream and cakes or laziness..lol...if it doesn't then I will see a doc to see if I ate a worm. But losing 15lbs sounds real good right now..

UNWASHED Produce..causes worms...hmm I am starting my vegetarian today actually (no joke). Well that's good to know..lol I will scrub with soap..my produce is probably imported from some dirty country.

Backpacking huh..well I don't blame you for drinking the stream water...I once went on a hike to White Rock Canyon AZ on a day with record breaking heat and thought that's where I was going to kick the bucket..I would have gladly drank worms...but I had no stream anywhere within miles. Learned my lesson too..glad I didn't pay with my life.

We should hike sometime...tis' the season...can't wait.
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:48 PM   #14
 
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I think Fish TB is the main one to worry about when it comes to bare skin, but only if you have an open cut. I never wear gloves and, personally, putting my bare hands in the tank is one of the things I really enjoy about the hobby. Using your mouth on the siphon probably isn't good, but I still do that too.
just so I know exactly what you mean..what is TB? You mean tuberculosis?
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:24 PM   #15
 
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I know this is probably stupid but when you say you use your mouth to siphon water, you mean you suck the end of the hose to get it started? If so, yeah, that is gross. lol Maybe if you use a new hose each time but I would freak if the water got in my mouth. Eeesh!
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:51 PM   #16
 
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just so I know exactly what you mean..what is TB? You mean tuberculosis?
yup, I did a LOT of research on fish diseases, and that was the only disease that matched every symptom I saw on my danio's and neon's.
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:53 PM   #17
 
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I know this is probably stupid but when you say you use your mouth to siphon water, you mean you suck the end of the hose to get it started? If so, yeah, that is gross. lol Maybe if you use a new hose each time but I would freak if the water got in my mouth. Eeesh!
yeah that's how I do....I had a really bad experience once...all I will say is dirty dirty snail tank..I'm sure I am not the only one that has had an accident..
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:04 AM   #18
 
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When I first started I used to suck on the end of the siphon, but then I saw a demonstration on youtube how to start the siphon without doing that, and now I don't have to suck it any more.
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:29 AM   #19
 
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For tanker: What demonstration was that coz i cant get mine started without sucking it a bit and itsrealy gross!
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:53 AM   #20
 
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YouTube - 1-2-3 On how to siphon your aquarium tank

I don't touch the end of the tube (on my small siphon), I just stick the end in the bucket, fill the siphon tube with water, hold it up so that it starts siphoning and then quickly put the siphon tube back underwater before the air gets in. With my big siphon and hose for the big tank, I fill the siphon, leave it in the tank and then if I fiddle with the end out on the back lawn, it starts properly flowing.

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