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. Todd_Sails

    Todd_Sails Giant Squid

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    Like above, unless I KNOW I have something on my hands in a large quantity, I never think twice about not washing my hands before they go in one of my three tanks in my system.
    Unless I'm gone, this is usually daily, and/or multiple times a day.

    I really rarelly run any GAC, that's still doing anything anyways as I only change it a few times a year.
    I still use gloves on every patient I see at work however- kind of an industry standard.
    Formerly I was first assist for over 10 years in the OR, and of course crbbed in religiously- again, an industry standard. A few years ago I briefly worked in the OR again and they no longer do the 5 + minute scrubs- but use an antibacterial solution, wipe it on, gown and glove, good to go.

    Unless I have some toxic residue on your hands like suntan or repellent,
    I don't even bother washing my hands.

    AND- I'm sorry to say, but IMH, EO-

    using Vodka is a waste or good, (or cheap) vodka! ;-)
     
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  3. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    I'm in my tank daily. I try to make sure my hands are clean. The only time I don't touch the tank is after work. Garage doors=grease, grease=bad for my reef
     
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  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !



    Perhaps my concern comes from years now of having nanos, dilution factor greatly reduced. You guys have big and in Todd's case huge tanks.

    Back in the 90's there was a hobbyist book with an image of a hand in the aquarium the author encouraged hobbyist to keep the hand out of the tank as able and appropriate, perhaps it just stuck with me. I do however think that you do cause stress when one actually handles corals. Any who as is the norm I am not representative of the general consensus.

    Day 4.

    Thanks everyone for contributing to this thread. ;)
     
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  5. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    If you think handling corals causes stress, you should check out what Mike J. Rice does to them; that will calm your fears. :D
     
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  6. zesty

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    It's been 4 days already? ok.... I definitely don't get into my tank as much as I used to. In fact, since this thread, I can think of one time my hand went into tank, it's cause I got new frags... haha

    did I wash my hands? It was 1:30am and I smelled of Wisconsin when I got home. :oops: You tell me!
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    It's a valid argument that I have given much thought to, trust me.

    hummmmm, is all I got and it makes about as much sense as my concern I guess. :rolleyes:


    LOL Zesty.

    Now I am curious.:p
     
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  9. zesty

    zesty Sailfin Tang

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    oh, you just have to ask, it was a solitaryensis acro. I'm excited!


    .....unless you were curious to my hand washing! I have no idea to that question... hahaha
     
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  10. mdbostwick

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    Didn't I just read about you moving coral and removing other things from your tank?

    I didn't make it a day before my hand was in my tank replacing my filter sock. I usually do try to atleast rinse my hands off with water before I stick them in.
     
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  11. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nope hands have not gone in since Thursday night. I advertised my Haddoni and Urchin for free on RC on Tues and by Thurs I had takers for both, gone, good bye.

    I do have to clean my foam and add some more Phosban and new charcoal but all my corals are pretty much glued down with no inverts to move them or knock them over and no tinkering other than to dose. :p
     
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    zesty Sailfin Tang

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    I'll also add that I performed a 20g (Corailline, that's what 96%? hehe) water change and didn't even remove the net of the DT. I have put in the algae grazer and fed some food, but no hands in the display.

    I don't know how long I can hold off... I took out my magfloat and the glass is getting dirty. yikes.
     
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