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Stupid thread: I just drank a mouthful of fish water.

I got a new Eheim 2215, well it was used but it's new for me, and I was trying to set it up yesterday.

I couldn't get it to work until I realized I had to manually prime the filter--by filling the intake tube with water. So I sucked on to the intake tube really hard and drank a mouthful of fish water + a lot of water spilled all over.

Kind of funny.
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Ahh, been there. It takes real skill to start a syphon on a 1" flexitube of saltwater that is less than 5' long without getting it in your mouth or all over your shirt.... I learned the hard way many a times. This was when I had to fill customer's containers with my store's premixed saltwater.

Freshwater is a walk in the park compared to that! (Of course, as a kid I swam in a lake every weekend, so I was used to it...)


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Now really, why did you drink it instead of just spitting it out?
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Cause my favourite beverage is fish water.

No, it's cause I had nowhere to spit, unless it was the ground. And I didn't want to hold it in my mouth, stand up, walk to the sink and spit it out cause it tastes kind of nasty. Plus it was a quick-time decision--I rationalized that it's not harmful, and didn't want the taste hanging in my mouth. :O
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I once found a 2-inch long worm in my aquarium gravel. Since then, I'm extremely, extremely carefully when starting the tube suction during tank cleaning. I'd have spit that water all over the place.
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I once found a 2-inch long worm in my aquarium gravel. Since then, I'm extremely, extremely carefully when starting the tube suction during tank cleaning. I'd have spit that water all over the place.
Funny I find those in my south of the border adult beverage bottles. Never stopped me.

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Next time: turkey baster. Works great.

It did'nt bother me to get a mouthful of tank water.....until I had some sick fish. I did a lot of extensive research into fish diseases. Learned that there are a few that can cross from fish to human. Now I try to be a slight bit more cautious.
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Hey, at least it was from the end of a gravel cleaner. I've done that, it was to restart a flow, so I got a full pull of water that was already sitting in the hose when I was watching the hose coming out of the aquarium over the lip.

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Funny I find those in my south of the border adult beverage bottles. Never stopped me.
^5...lol...but back on point...I'm sure we've all swilled some fish water at some point.
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I did it too.. I was gravel vacuuming and had to restart the vacuum. It was the water from the bottom of the gravel, tasted sort of earhy-nutty if you ask me. Another time I found this 4 inch "centipede" in my plant-only tank and was glad that I was not vacuuming that tank.
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My theory is that fishy water has an addictive substance.

Notice how some hobbyists go out for years, and then find themselves going back to it and spending 100x more on their equipment and livestock than they did the previous time around?
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You can take a 100:1 solution of aquarium fish water using Carp mixed with yeast, sugar, ammonium sulfate, baking soda and have a wonderfully tasting fish flavored champagne after it ferments for about a year. Catfish, Crappie and Flounder work well too. You can use different varieties of grapes too.

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For my office nano, I drain into a 64oz gatorade container (largest thing that I can refill in the bathroom sink) and well.. I was talking with a coworker and accidently took a swig from and didn't realize it until it was down.

Ugh... that won't happen again.
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