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Old 02-28-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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Dangerous aquariums?


One thing that has always perplexed me is how people keep seemingly very dangerous fish, such as stingrays, piranhas, sharks, urchins, lion fish, etc. Heck even a catfish can stick you with its barbs. Have you ever heard of someone being hurt or even attacked by something aquatic they keep?
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:47 AM   #2
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One thing that has always perplexed me is how people keep seemingly very dangerous fish, such as stingrays, piranhas, sharks, urchins, lion fish, etc. Heck even a catfish can stick you with its barbs. Have you ever heard of someone being hurt or even attacked by something aquatic they keep?
I work at a LFS and have been stung, stabbed and bit several times (bitten many times, but Mollies don't really pack a punch lol). I'd have to say the worst time was when I got stung by an Urchin because I didn't see him behind a filter (filter was black and so was he). My hand swelled up for about a week!

As for Piranhas, IME they're usually pretty docile towards aquarists. I've cleaned many Piranha tanks and they really just don't seem to care. Freshwater Stingrays are the same way.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:41 AM   #3
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My Raphael catfish has gotten me a couple of times over the years, both with spine pricks(felt and looked like bee stings) and clamping my finger between pectoral fins and body(just hurt like a pointy pinch).

Gotten a few spine pricks while fishing too. Nothing to remember, really.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:46 AM   #4
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Happens all the time. Play with fire, you're going to get burned. Vast majority of the time nothing serious but there are times....
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:49 AM   #5
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That's why I don't like to stick my hand in my SW tank who knows what's going to come out the live rock.
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I guess people like to show them off for the danger factor? Dwarf lion fish aren't so bad. I'd probably keep one. But since I have a weakened immune system, I also have those crazy thick coral cloves that go up to my shoulder.

Granted, I also have welding protective gloves for when I have to bathe my cat...

What gets me is when people keep stuff like dangerous snakes that can get out.

Pirhanas aren't really aggressive unless there's blood in the water and/or they're hungry. Stonefish baffle me. Hey yeah, I'm gonna keep a predatory animal in a small space. AND he has enough venom to kill me in a single go. Nothing could go wrong!
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I think it is on Monsterfish forum or something, but there is a video of someone with a wolf fish and man was that thing nasty!! It destroyed a fish net! Thing was a beast!
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My uncle kept 20 piranhas once. I remember when he let me put my finger in the water. I just loved doing it. Stunt man at age 4. XD
I think people keeping dangerous things that can actually kill you, are pretty brave. Knowing that it can kill you... it's nothing to be proud of either though.
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I use to keep piranhas and they are actually really shy. Fed them chicken beef fish etc and they devoured it. Always cleaned the tank glass by hand, they never bothered me or tried to attack. I use to keep regular and alligator snapping turtles. Pretty cool to have.


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Old 02-28-2013, 08:45 AM   #12
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I use to keep piranhas and they are actually really shy. Fed them chicken beef fish etc and they devoured it. Always cleaned the tank glass by hand, they never bothered me or tried to attack.

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+1 they're quite shy and docile, even skittish. My Exodon Paradoxus are really aggressive and charge at my arm in packs, but since my arm is much bigger than their mouths, all I feel is a slight pinch.

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+2 my Dad cleaned a 8ft tank full of Red Bellies and they just moved up the other end of the tank. If he then moved his arm up that end they just went around his arm to the other end. Pirranas do not bite people. Wild and hungry, maybe. In a tank and well fed? Unlikely.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:58 PM   #14
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Only one issue in some 40 years of keeping aquariums. I had a huge carpet anemone, maybe 14-16" diameter. It wrapped on my during some tank cleaning maintenance. I had red sting marks around my arm & hand. it looked like I was attacked by a 10,000 mosquitoes.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:56 PM   #15
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Piranhas have always been hyped up to be people killers. Even when there is blood and they're starving it's very unlikely that they will try to attack you. They will however attack other fish and insects.

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