Are you HANDS IN or HANDS OUT?

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Are you hands in or hands out in your system?

  • Hands in the tank

    Votes: 125 87.4%
  • Hands out of the tank

    Votes: 21 14.7%

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KingTideCorals

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Whenever I chat with reefers one of the questions that has always interested me is the concept of whether or not the reefer likes to put his/her hands into the tank... or do they do their due diligence and try to not introduce their hands in the system by using tools and other features for a system.

Now my question is to you! Are you more hands in your tank or hands out of your tank?

Just recently I have tried to do my best to be hands out of my lagoon system to just do its own thing, and I think I can say there is no doubt some happy corals in the system, and perhaps better growth. One thing that makes it tough to be hands out though is my pinch of flake food I will feed. Kinda have to use my finger tips for that.. (any ideas?)

Excited to hear from you all!

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Azedenkae

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I said hands out as I tend to use tongs but sometimes you just need the dexterity.
Also I have been nipped too many times to randomly stick my hands in the tank. All my maroon clownfish owners will know what I am talking about haha
Yes. In fact both my cinnamon and occy bites me constantly. XD Especially my cinnamon now. Gosh darn it is starting to really hurt.
 

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Yes. In fact both my cinnamon and occy bites me constantly. XD Especially my cinnamon now. Gosh darn it is starting to really hurt.
I once meant to shoo away my maroon but instead wacked him fairly hard when he went to strike. He stopped for about a week and forgot.
 

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I once meant to shoo away my maroon but instead wacked him fairly hard when he went to strike. He stopped for about a week and forgot.
Lolllllllllllllll.

Maybe I should do that too. XD I do have to manually pull algae out of my tank quite often coz I feed super heavy. But yeah, I can't really do that nowadays. Or.

Sigh.

Time for gloves. >_<"
 

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Hands out except for spot feeding and if I can't get to something with my tongs and it can't wait until spot feeding day.
 

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I avoid disturbing things unless I have to, but if I do go in, I use my hands. I feel like my clownfish would be disappointed if I stopped. They seem so happy to take as many bites out of my flesh as they can get in for however many seconds my hand is in the water. ;Sour
 

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I do hands-in (fowlr + nem). I guess the fish become more tame that way. I wash up first with tap water, then with either used tank water or fresh mixed.
 
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Hands in twice every day to feed. Hands in a couple times a month it seems to trim corals.

I don't use any lotions and have an office job so there is not a lot that can potentially get on my hands. Even then, I do still wash with soap and rise very well every time before putting my hands in the tank.
 

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I’m very hands in because it’s the easiest way to get things done. But because I’m always worried that lotion and stuff won’t come off by simply rinsing before, so I wear long gloves that go up to my shoulder to avoid any issues. You can find them easily on Amazon by looking up aquarium gloves.
 

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I wish I have my hands in the tank more often, be more proactive in fixing stuff, but in reality I'm too lazy. Sometimes I left the frags sitting on its side for days before finally went it to put it back up.
 
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Have you ever had a reef tank with no sump and how did it go?

  • YES and it was just fine

    Votes: 237 58.8%
  • YES but it was difficult

    Votes: 74 18.4%
  • NO

    Votes: 82 20.3%
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    Votes: 10 2.5%
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