What types of gloves do you use when reaching into the tank?

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Last night, as I was adding plants to my newly cycled freshwater tank (no fish yet), I wore these extra long rubber gloves. When I took my hands out of the water I didn't notice but water pooled inside and it dripped all over the floor. I ended up removing the gloves and just sticking my bare hands in the water to finish the job.

I didn't really care so much as the tank was clean. But when I have fish and need to clean the tank or add something, I wouldn't want dirty water to go all over or have my hands come in to contact with the dirty water.

What do your wear on your hands when cleaning the tank?
 

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I'll be honest, I haven't really heard of anyone wearing gloves to put their hands in the tank. If you're comfortable with it then just use your bare hands washing them before with just hot water and afterwards with soap and water. I keep spare towels and rags at hand dedicated to drying my hands of tank water too. I'd probably say the only argument to wear some is if you have open wounds.
 

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JakeXP said:
I'll be honest, I haven't really heard of anyone wearing gloves to put their hands in the tank. If you're comfortable with it then just use your bare hands washing them before with just hot water and afterwards with soap and water. I keep spare towels and rags at hand dedicated to drying my hands of tank water too. I'd probably say the only argument to wear some is if you have open wounds.
Same, if you consider the water dirty, fish live in there. I just throw my hands in my tank.
 
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JakeXP said:
I'll be honest, I haven't really heard of anyone wearing gloves to put their hands in the tank. If you're comfortable with it then just use your bare hands washing them before with just hot water and afterwards with soap and water. I keep spare towels and rags at hand dedicated to drying my hands of tank water too. I'd probably say the only argument to wear some is if you have open wounds.
Got it, thanks!

Nickguy5467 said:
Oh, those are great. Thanks!
 

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No gloves this way.
I just rinse my hands with very, very hot water for about 30-45 seconds.
When Im done playing around in my tank, good old soap and water to clean them.
I think gloves are way too bulky to use when dealing inside of my tank.
 
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BluMan1914 said:
No gloves this way.
I just rinse my hands with very, very hot water for about 30-45 seconds.
When Im done playing around in my tank, good old soap and water to clean them.
I think gloves are way too bulky to use when dealing inside of my tank.
Thanks!
 

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FishBoy101 said:
Same, if you consider the water dirty, fish live in there. I just throw my hands in my tank.
I'm the same way, The only time i've used gloves was when i had a stitched up gash on my palm.
 

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Nickguy5467 said:
those are great! I may buy a pair for when I have hand issues due to gardening etc.

I had posion ivy earlier this summer. Made working in the fish tanks tricky for any deep cleaning.
 

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I'm 52 years old, been keeping fish since I was 9, and until I read this it never even occurred to me to use gloves. If the water is so dirty you get squicked out by it, imagine how the fish feel!
 

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Jerome O'Neil said:
I'm 52 years old, been keeping fish since I was 9, and until I read this it never even occurred to me to use gloves. If the water is so dirty you get squicked out by it, imagine how the fish feel!
i think we are more worried about bringing something into the tank. or at least i am :p
 

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Nickguy5467 said:
i think we are more worried about bringing something into the tank. or at least i am :p
Have you considered washing your hands?

Honestly, I'd much rather put whatever organic goop is under my fingernails into my tank than any amount of isoprene or petroleum based polymers that make up your typical rubber glove.
 

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Jerome O'Neil said:
Have you considered washing your hands?

Honestly, I'd much rather put whatever organic goop is under my fingernails into my tank than any amount of isoprene or petroleum based polymers that make up your typical rubber glove.
i use my hands for things i can reach easily. but if i need to deep dive in my tank i use those gloves
 

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I started fish keeping back in the mid 80's, bare hands all the way, neither one has rotted off yet.;)
 

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