Has cleaning your aquarium made you physically ill?

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Has cleaning your aquarium made you physically ill?

  1. Yes.

    6 vote(s)
    10.2%
  2. No.

    40 vote(s)
    67.8%
  3. Maybe.. not sure.

    13 vote(s)
    22.0%
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Has cleaning your aquarium made you physically ill?


    I don't mean cleaning your aquarium is a pain.

    I mean...

    Have you ever gotten sick and wondered if it was from cleaning your aquarium?

    You can also state if you have gotten a rash from a coral or fish, etc.. if you like. Please provide what you've done to prevent it since.

    I picked up a wicked sinus infection this week that I had to get antibiotics for. I kept going back to a couple days prior when I took a mouthful from the siphon cleaning my big filthy turtle tank. But who knows... what about you?
     
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  3. cuttingras

    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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    itchy yes........sucking water from a turtle aquarium? dude, don't you know they carry nasty nasty stuff salmonella I think or it's one of those where you get double ended sick.....:lol:
     
  4. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Yeah turtles are 'special' that way. What about you?
     
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  5. cuttingras

    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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    itchy arms is just about it. usually goes away after I wash with fresh water.... I try not to drink the water from or swim in my tank :lol:
     
  6. wildreef

    wildreef Stylophora

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    often wondered my self ' if flu/or a stomach ache has been started from tank water'..
    ( wear gloves ) and wash hands with anti-bacteria soap , rinse thourghly !
     
  7. Marty

    Marty Stylophora

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    I get ich, but with a freshwater dip and my slime coat comes back. Other than that, no. :)
     
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  9. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    most divers that spend their time on a reef handling the corals end up with the same ailment that the corals have
     
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    I have a friend who dives frequently in honduras and has "diver's rash". There's also a reservoir I used to swim in with signs posted to the same effect- apparently copepod "shells" can irritate the skin.

    I recall from the herpecological days (a former hobby involving lighting and tanks) being warned of salmonella in aquatic reptiles.

    Worst I've had from the salt tank is dry hands and a salty laptop.
     
  11. omard

    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    Never a problem from frequent mouthfulls of water syphoning water from SW tank.

    From a turtle tank:confused:

    I get sick just thinking about it. [​IMG]



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  12. Tangster

    Tangster 3reef Sponsor

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    I have had a few animals to send me to the emergency room a few times .. Had a Mantis to bust my finger once had a ell to bite the hell out of me and I have been hit by a Lion fish on the forearm and that made me a tad sick for a day or two.
    As for siphoning You are not supposed to get water on your mouth :)

    When I was a gear head Kid we called the siphon hose a Carolina credit card :) Pull up to where they parked the old school buses and have a cold one and filler up LOL Hight Amoco whit 105 octane :) I learned to not drink gas and then I just applied my refined technique's to saltwater .. A 105 octane is not like the watered down stuff today it burned!
     
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