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Protective Gloves Safe?

Hello,

I recently found out that I am allergic to something in my fish tanks - anytime I reach into the tank my hands break out in a rash that is impossible to get rid of with perscription creams.

Anyways, I was wondering, are the rubber gloves available fish/aquarium safe? I know you can get full forearm gloves (probably what I will need) - would they present a hazard to my planted tanks (1 community, 1 shrimp)?
Any types of gloves I should stay away from, or ones I should use?

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I've personally never used them before, but Drs Foster & Smith sell these.
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Just buy ones designed for the aquarium and they will not present a hazard to your tanks.
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Yes they will be fine. The only thing on them is maybe a little corn starch on the powdered gloves. The powder-free won't have anything.
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If they're safe for use inside a human body, they're safe for use in an aquarium.


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If they're safe for use inside a human body, they're safe for use in an aquarium.
But you use latex, powder-free latex, vinyl, or nitrile inside human bodies!

And even then, I'm not quite sure you'd want the powder from the latex gloves inside your tank. =/ It gives me a rash.
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I'd stick to powder free gloves, but other than anything will be fine.


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But you use latex, powder-free latex, vinyl, or nitrile inside human bodies!

And even then, I'm not quite sure you'd want the powder from the latex gloves inside your tank. =/ It gives me a rash.
Isn't the powder on the inside of the glove, supposedly to make it easier to put on?


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Isn't the powder on the inside of the glove, supposedly to make it easier to put on?
Yes, but it stinks and if your hands are already moist, the powder turns into a paste. Horrible. I developed a rash to it over time too.
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Yeah, all around best to avoid the powder.


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You could get a pair of these, and do your 'scaping with your hands out of the tank!
http://cgi.ebay.com/Huge-Tweezer-Aqu...2em118Q2el1247


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You could get a pair of these, and do your 'scaping with your hands out of the tank!
http://cgi.ebay.com/Huge-Tweezer-Aqu...2em118Q2el1247

Holy crap! 24" - those are some monster tweezers! For now I think I will stick to trying gloves, however I'm definitely going to keep these in mind if planting becomes a pain as a result of using the gloves. (which I suspect it will).

Thanks for the responses all.
Does anyone else by chance also break out in a rash from aquarium water?
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I'll get a mild one on occasion. I think it's from plant sap when I'm doing trimmings.

Actually, now that I think about it, though- I haven't had one since I managed to get the duckweed out of my 90gal- so it might have been duckweed!

(Yet another reason to hate the stuff...)





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