cleaning my tank with a cut

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by Landozer18, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Landozer18Well Known MemberMember

    What is your opinion of me cleaning my tanks with a cut on my hand?
    I cut it yesterday. I was like oh I'll just got buy some band aids for it then I was like wait that might release toxins into the water. Then oh electrical tape will work wait not still toxins.

  2. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    I cut my self all the time and clean my tanks and ponds. I'm not dead yet.

  3. AvaValued MemberMember

    :;laughing Such optimism.;D

  4. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I always have cuts on my hands - job hazard. I, too, am still alive...
  5. Landozer18Well Known MemberMember

    that was my thoughts too. I've heard though that some people have got a skin eating disease in this situation though. I do find that hard to believe though.
  6. ZiggiWell Known MemberMember

    I asked the same thing, though I wasn't gonna tape myself up, I slap neosporin on the wound and keep going (but didn't want that affecting my fish, so I asked here!) :)
  7. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I don't think that petroleum jelly will do anything to the fish, but it will seal your wound.
  8. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    You'll be fine. I have never thought twice about it. I actually (unknowingly) cut myself while doing some maintenance on my reef, and was bleeding in the tank! I'm still alive, and everything in the tank is still alive. [thankfully I don't keep sharks! :giggle:]

    If you're really concerned, you can get yourself some arm length gloves  
  9. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    There was a thread about this not too long ago. I think the bottom line is your general health. If you are one that gets sick all the time, then you might want to take extra precautions to protect yourself. If you are always getting your hands dirty and never get sick, then I wouldn't worry.

    FYI, people come down with the same flesh eating bacteria from public pools and stuff - it's not just in the aquarium....
  10. oscardudeValued MemberMember

    Im a mechanic so I constantly have cuts on my hands. I have yet to get sick or an infection. I do scrub my hands and arms when im done though.
  11. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Haha, for you I would be more concerned about washing up BEFORE sticking your hands in there :)
  12. AtomskValued MemberMember

    I heard about Fish TB but I always figure that it was a myth :)
  13. Landozer18Well Known MemberMember

    Im also a mechanic but I wear latex gloves other wise with my skin I never get clean no matter how much I scrub.
  14. HabsfanNew MemberMember

    Here's an article on a related subject:

  15. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    You're much more likely to get tb from your fish than you are some flesh eating bacteria, but even still it's not heard of very often.
  16. Quinn_Lamb98Well Known MemberMember

  17. Landozer18Well Known MemberMember

    yea tb? all that comes to mind is terbuculosis and I know it isn't that!
  18. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

  19. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah it is ;)
  20. skjl47Valued MemberMember

    Hello; I have had many cuts on my hands over the decades and had them in tanks. So far no serious problems. I have from time to time had cuts get infected but this may have been from the many other things my hands were in other than the tanks. For serious cuts I would keep the involved hand dry as a matter of regular practice not just around a tank.
    A few years ago I began to use a product called new skin liquid bandage on small cuts. I also have sealed cuts with superglue. Both things work for several hours to protect a cut and keep dirt and such out. They do sting when applied but I have found it to be worth the short term pain to prevent infection. I am sure that I have had my hands in tanks when doing this and have seen no ill effects to the fish.

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