Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Elk Grove, California
Had to think about this for a moment because I dont give much direct conscious thought to my practices in this regard.
For everyday maintenance: I wash hands prior to putting in tank- always. I do not use gloves. In 3 decades of fish-keeping, just put my hands in there and go. No nasty diseases as a result. But, with a cut on hands I would recommend you use gloves- for that remote chance...
Not that I do, but it is a good, sensible practice.
With fertilizers,: I always wash hands after dosing or handling.
With medications,: I always wash hands after dosing or handling. With dyes such as metheleyne blue, I actually do use gloves. Try getting 100% meth blue on hands- it will make your hands blue for several days. Not a good look. With proprietary blends like Paraguard, I dont use gloves because can just wash off of hands after dosing.
When draining water from a tank that has medications: I do not put hands in tank. I just put siphon hose in to drain. I am sensible enough to know that this is unnecessary, possibly harmful exposure.
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