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How often do you dip hands in?

Poll/Confession time!

I have gone all in after several years of not having tanks: two established nano tanks, one cycled but not stocked, and two more just planted and cycling.

I had a really hard time keeping my hands out of the water with the first two, and it's still like that with the last two, just not as much. It seems like my hands were in the water everyday the first couple of weeks, if not almost every day, sometimes more than once a day.

What's your experience?

I am curious about new set-ups or significant changes (e.g after re-scape, changing substrate or major plant changes). It looks like most people do routine maintenance/WCs every week to every month, so we can skip that type of hand-in-aquarium time.

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With me it's around twice a day. I'm so OCD about my tank that if the sand or decorations aren't right I just jump right in also. About twice a day I do this because I catch myself and try to use the net without sticking my hand in.
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Got to learn control grasshopper.

On my 125 I haven't moved an established plant in 2 years. Some of them have been there for 5. Hands in the tank maybe twice a month during water changes.
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Got to learn control grasshopper.

On my 125 I haven't moved an established plant in 2 years. Some of them have been there for 5. Hands in the tank maybe twice a month during water changes.
Pics please, I want to see what old established plants look like.

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I'm in my tanks up to my elbow A LOT during set-up and grow-in(stuff not staying down, not liking placement, etc.) - so the first month mostly. After that I'm in them JUST for trimming/pulling.

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gotta keep those sleeves wet
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once a week during maint/water changes. Other than that if it's floating it stays until the weekend. If I'm in the tank to often I get a nice film on the tank. So I started using shoulder length plastic gloves.


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I haven't put my hands in my tanks other than some trimming of stems in months. No water changes just top offs. Everything is great!
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Not often. I like to rinse my hands before I put them in the tank

I have long tools if I want to mess with things but I only uproot before a water change
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Couple times a day. 12 display tanks plus QT's. Left hand freshwater right hand saltwater.


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Not that often cause my tanks are mostly low tech. :p Just topping off.

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Couple times a day. 12 display tanks plus QT's. Left hand freshwater right hand saltwater.
For some reason this made me laugh. Just the thought that one hand is exclusive for one type of "water". Are you ambidextrous? I have trouble using my left hand in the water to get things just right, I often resort to using my right, when after a few tries with the left just doesn't cut it. Then I'm left going "now that was a waste of effort".

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Are you ambidextrous?
I'm mouse-bi-dextrous I can surf the internet with either hand But if I try using my left in the tank the only thing that comes out of it is a wet arm and some cuss words

As for your original question, once a week mostly, unless I see something that needs doing then when the need arises I'm not afraid to get wet


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I try to not touch anything until weekly maintenance comes along. If I see a floating plant etc I use 12" tweezers to take it out. I try not to move much around after the root establishing period
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I try to not touch anything until weekly maintenance comes along. If I see a floating plant etc I use 12" tweezers to take it out. I try not to move much around after the root establishing period
I'm the same way.
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