How often do you put your hands in your system/water?

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How often are you putting your paws in your tank?

  1. Daily

  2. Every other day

  3. Once or twice a week

  4. Less than once a week

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  1. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    It really bugs me if I have to put my hands in my tank. Why you ask?

    1. I have got to scrub down.
    2. It's impossible to get all the residue and oils off your skin.
    3. Once your in you might as well finish some tasks that are nagging at you.

    My goal is to go 5 days and no hands in the tank at all, no touching system water.

    Am I over thinking this? Can corals withstand a lot more handling than I think?
     
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  3. ccardini

    ccardini Bristle Worm

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    Probably about once every few days. I have a Nuvo 16 so if it was major harm to put my hands in I'd imagine my tank would go south quicker than bigger ones. I do try not to right after I've showered or washed my hands with soap.
     
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  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    It might be my imagination but I notice my corals look better the less I put my hands in the tank. It seems every day though a coral gets knocked off regardless of if that coral has been glued down. I resist moving corals unless they are immediate danger.
     
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    ccardini Bristle Worm

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    i think my hermits like my hands in the tank. I can almost see them smirking at me as they are knocking over frags.
     
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  6. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    I have frequently thought about this but it seems everyday my hand ends up having to go into the tank. Probably not helping anything at all. This reminds me I still have a frag sitting on my sandbed which needs to move back up. Taking the plunge again.
     
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    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    I am going to take this challenge as well.
     
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  9. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    It's actually harder than you think. I have to make a plan, if I am going to move a frag then I get done everything else I have to do in the tank as the same time ie:change out charcoal, empty skimmer cup, moved whatever has to be moved.....I make a HUGE effort not to move frags or colonies.

    It does make it a lot easier to stay out of the tank when you have 1 fish and no mobile inverts.

    Today is day 1, let's see how long I can go without getting my hands wet.
     
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  10. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    Everyday multiple times a day or for prolonged periods. I can't imagine it being THAT bad. Especially if you run carbon and gfo and some organic remover (purigen, chemi pure, etc)


    I'm a tinkerer. If I look at the tank I always find a reason to get my hands in there. I rarely ever wash them before they go in. Am I being that irresponsible?
     
  11. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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  12. jeffp1

    jeffp1 Plankton

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    Everyday for me also. Always tinkering. Been putting my hands in tank for 17 years, no issues so far.
     
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