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I know this seems like a wierd question, but I just had to ask, especially since I now know that some fish diseases are transferrable to humans :shock: .

I really need to do some maintenance on my tank, but I've got an open wound on my hand. I checked around my area for an LFS that carries those long, hydrophobic gloves, but no one has any in stock.

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Think I should buy some online and wait a week? Or is it ok to stick my hand in the tank? Thanks in advance .
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I've even heard of people getting rashes from organisms in the water. Open wounds in the tank... I'd be worried. There are many things that could foul up your hand I'd think. Infections aren't fun.

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Sounds like you'd be asking for some seriously bad juju to do that, esp. if the wound is deep.

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Can never be sure where the next staph infection may be hiding...

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Can never be sure where the next staph infection may be hiding...
So true...

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Can't you get TB from fish?

Anyway, I'd avoid placing your hands in the tank water. If you do, make sure you don't have any antibiotics on your wounds...

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Yea, I'm gonna keep my hand out of the tank for now. BTW, what exactly is staph? TB is the transferrable disease I read about, but I've never heard of staph.
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i've been thinking of getting these... http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...amp;pcid1=1537
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Yeah it's a good idea. Even without wounds, I guess we should try to avoid contact with the water. But then again I'm one to talk... I always go in bare-armed but I actually have a grabbing tool now to avoid wetting my entire arm while moving things around. It's the one by Hagen with interchangible attachments (grabbers and pruner).

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I have to agree, it probably isnt a good idea if you have a open wound. However I think you are in less danger then at your local fishing hole or a swim in the ocean...


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Those aquagloves are exactly what I'm looking for. Time to put in yet another order with Big Al's .
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Just looking in my old Micro book, it looks like a few things can be had from the aquarium. Mycobacterium marinum (which is related to TB), which is apparentely pretty rare - causes a granuloma. Staph and Strep would be more what I would worry about w/open wounds. If you get the urge to drink the aquarium water or something you could be faced w/Salmonella, Aeromonas, Cryptosporidium and a grocery list of others - ahhh...diarrhea :-) WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER PLAYIN' w/the fishies!!

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After my finger met the bad spinning saw blade, I went up to Home Depot & just bought a box of latex gloves. Used those when I really needed to get arms-deep in the tanks.
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WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER PLAYIN' w/the fishies!!
Guess I should stop siphoning by means of mouth, huh. (fishy water tastes gross)

I have hand sanitizer (the gelled alcohol) that would work good, and probably not hurt the fish (since it evaporates VERY fast)?

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Hehe, well I just couldn't fight the urge to clean my tank. The hair algae was just horrible. Anyhow, since I didn't have gloves, I went ghetto style. I took a chopstick and rubberbanded it to a toothbrush :P. I can't wait to get those gloves in...
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