I'm Allergic To Fish Food! :|

Miles Green

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Yes, seriously!
And no, I haven't been eating it myself. :yuck:

First i thought is was springtime allergies... then i realized it happened when i was close to the aquarium.... It turns out, it's the dried krill/daphnia/mosquito larvae/tubifex mix. Just opening the little jar makes me sneeze and my eyes tear! I've been loving this new hobby, but this is something i didn't expect. No worries, I'll find a way around it though.

Sorry if this is too off-topic, but i thought it would be fun to share an odd story or two. Take care and happy fishkeeping!
 

wodesorel

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Glad you figured out what it was!!

Allergies to bloodworm are pretty common because they are so close to mosquitos. (Not the same species, bloodworms are a type of midge larvae and contain no actual blood, their color is all natural.) If that is the issue, it is easy to avoid. I have reactions to this myself, and it took me a while to figure out it was the fish treats!

However, daphnia can cause cross reactions with other insects, and krill can be a problem for those with shellfish allergies.

Be careful and see if you can sort it out safely. I don't think it will affect your fish too much.
 

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I used to have some seafood allergies so I use small spoons to feed all of my tanks. I never touch anything with my hands, even flakes.
 

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I use tweezers (and for frozen stuff gloves). I am a Celiac and touching some of the stuff gives me rashes. I feel your pain.
 

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Dang, I never even thought of that! I hope all of you guys are okay, I'm glad you figured it out. For me, I found out pimafix really messed with my asthma, the first time I used it I remember thinking "they said it would smell nice, it doesn't smell that nice" then right after that "wait why can't I breathe"
But wow, I never thought of allergies by just touching the fish food, that's a good thing to keep in mind.
 

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I read somewhere, several years ago, that tubefix worms were a powerful allergen, and should never be fed bare handed, which was a shock to me, because they were a primary food back in the childhood family tank day and aftetward, when I was just starting out.

Could they be your issue?
 
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