Keep THESE TWO THINGS out of your tank for a better reef? True or False?

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How often are your hands in the tank?

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Taipan88

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What’s the solution? Wear gloves? Schedule tank time before zinc cream?
Let my son suffer a skin condition and have a thriving tank.
Nar Jokes.
I will more than likely wear gloves or will wash my hands way more than I currently am. I used tongs for most of my tank work, but some stuff needs my hands.

Either or, It was an invisible time bomb waiting to happen that is normally something I'd not test for.

ICP All the way kids. Every 3 months minimum.
 

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Ok we've heard it said that we should keep our hands out of our reef tank as much as possible. To me it's always been a tongue in cheek type of thing but lately, more than ever, I'm finding out that this may be better advice than what I once previously thought! About a year ago I kinda lost my passion for my reef tank. I was doing the bare minimal tasks to keep the coral and fish healthy and quit buying anything new. Equipment would stop working correctly and instead of replacing it I just started reefing more "old school." Also during this time I quit putting my hands in the tank and since then my tank has really started to blossom from what it was. I quit worrying about the occasional aiptasia and algae patch and for the most part the issues corrected themselves or stayed at bay. Has the success of my tank as of late been in part or mostly because I've kept my hands out of the tank? Might just be a fluke but let's talk about it!

1. Are you a believer that keeping your hands out of your aquarium is a good practice?

2. How often are your hands in the tank?


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No, I see nothing wrong with having to put your hands in the tank. I would have never got in the aquarium hobby, if I didn't like getting hands on and wet. I make sure hands are clean and no lotions. I run activated carbon, hopefully that helps. 30+ years in the hobby, hands in and out of the tanks, probably a couple times a week (only when needed)...so far so good.
 

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Personally I try very hard to make a mental list of what needs to be done inside the tank and only put my hand in once a week. Even then, I scrub down my hand and arm ER style, before the plunge. I keep a spray bottle with 50/50 water and vinegar under the tank with a big towel. I spray with that and only use the towel that is washed along with my filter socks in fresh no soap water in the washing machine. I’ve seen what can happen when lotion/antibacterial soap/chemicals/paint residue get into a reef system and it is not good.
 

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Let my son suffer a skin condition and have a thriving tank.
Nar Jokes.
I will more than likely wear gloves or will wash my hands way more than I currently am. I used tongs for most of my tank work, but some stuff needs my hands.

Either or, It was an invisible time bomb waiting to happen that is normally something I'd not test for.

ICP All the way kids. Every 3 months minimum.
Hahaha.

If it makes you feel better, my tank is deficient in zinc. Maybe hand me some of that cream! :p
 

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1. Are you a believer that keeping your hands out of your aquarium is a good practice?
Yes. Seems that anything one can do to avoid accidental contamination of the tank is good. Given the amount of issues I've been having lately; I think that even more.

2. How often are your hands in the tank?

Just like I believe junk food is bad for me, but I eat it anyway... my hands are in the tank way more than I feel they should be. I do have over the shoulder gloves, feeder tubes, sand stirrers and long tweezers to help minimize my direct skin exposure in the tank as much as possible. That said, I do not do a good job always using them.

When the tank is doing great, my hands are in there way less... when it is crashing or their are other emergency type issues... precautions kind of go out the door.
 

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1. Are you a believer that keeping your hands out of your aquarium is a good practice?

I do because I work with various chemicals during day

2. How often are your hands in the tank?

Rarely if ever and if I do, i use aquarium tongs, grabbers and gloves as shown below


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1. Yes
2. A few times per week.

If it something quick and I can reach in up to my wrist, I'll just go barehanded. Beyond that, I use veterinarian OBGYN gloves [LINK]. I use a thin cotton glove first, then the OBGYN glove with a Nitrile surgical over that to prevent punctures. The cotton glove makes it easier to get the OB glove off. I can get in/out of this in about 30 seconds now.
 

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1. NO, with the caveat that you only clean your hands with non-toxic soap and wrinse them off ALL THE WAY.
I only use unscented Dr. Bronner's soap. There's nothing in there that could hurt aquatic life except for the soap itself.

2. Almost every day
 

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Ok we've heard it said that we should keep our hands out of our reef tank as much as possible. To me it's always been a tongue in cheek type of thing but lately, more than ever, I'm finding out that this may be better advice than what I once previously thought! About a year ago I kinda lost my passion for my reef tank. I was doing the bare minimal tasks to keep the coral and fish healthy and quit buying anything new. Equipment would stop working correctly and instead of replacing it I just started reefing more "old school." Also during this time I quit putting my hands in the tank and since then my tank has really started to blossom from what it was. I quit worrying about the occasional aiptasia and algae patch and for the most part the issues corrected themselves or stayed at bay. Has the success of my tank as of late been in part or mostly because I've kept my hands out of the tank? Might just be a fluke but let's talk about it!

1. Are you a believer that keeping your hands out of your aquarium is a good practice?

2. How often are your hands in the tank?


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Hey bro,

Sorry, but it sounds like you changed you methods in so many different ways that there's no way to attribute the improvements to any one thing. It does raise several interesting questions, though, hands in or out of tank being one of them.
 

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Ok we've heard it said that we should keep our hands out of our reef tank as much as possible. To me it's always been a tongue in cheek type of thing but lately, more than ever, I'm finding out that this may be better advice than what I once previously thought! About a year ago I kinda lost my passion for my reef tank. I was doing the bare minimal tasks to keep the coral and fish healthy and quit buying anything new. Equipment would stop working correctly and instead of replacing it I just started reefing more "old school." Also during this time I quit putting my hands in the tank and since then my tank has really started to blossom from what it was. I quit worrying about the occasional aiptasia and algae patch and for the most part the issues corrected themselves or stayed at bay. Has the success of my tank as of late been in part or mostly because I've kept my hands out of the tank? Might just be a fluke but let's talk about it!

1. Are you a believer that keeping your hands out of your aquarium is a good practice?

2. How often are your hands in the tank?


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1. Yes.
2. My hands are currently in my tank about once to twice a day because bristleworms keep irritating the underside of my clam and I have to turn over the clam and brush the bristleworms off of it.
 

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I use veterinarian OBGYN gloves [LINK]. I use a thin cotton glove first, then the OBGYN glove with a Nitrile surgical over that to prevent punctures.

I knew these had to be available somewhere. I'll be giving this a try.

My limited Google-foo to date would always pull up the more common elbow length rubber gloves. They are fine, exept when I need a little extra dexterity and/or have to reach all the way down to the sandbed with my hands. that is pretty much shoulder level and the rubber gloves I have only go a little ways past the elbow.
 
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