Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip #58: Not Just For Friday Nights


These can be the difference between fun time and serious issues

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  • Robert Thom says:

    haha funny stuff

  • chris dowtish says:

    I just recently had to break down my tank to move it. And then again to get my fish out. Both times I scraped or punctured a finger on the little hard tube worms on the rock and both times they got infected. Nothin crazy, but I should have been wearing gloves. thanks for the reminder!

  • Brian Davis says:

    Excellent tip! I watched a report this past summer about Hannele Cox, she’s 13 now, she scratched her hand on her parents fresh water tank. Long story short, she faces possibly having a amputation after 5 years, several operative debridements, etc. I understand fresh water conditions are different but the risk is still there. I occasionally go in unprotected to move Naughty clam (: I suspect Hannele might not have wash/rinsed her skin after being in the tank. I grew up with tanks and was always ignorant to this risk when I was young. Hannele’s infective organism is Mycobacterium Marinum. Crazy huh?! Good tip!

  • Richard Lee says:

    Awww, wearing protection just doesn’t feel the same! 🙂

  • Do you speak from experience Richard?! :-p

  • Epicurus says:

    Ik know i should do it however i guess you’ll start using it when you see somebody close have some troubles (or yourself).

  • Scott says:

    I like the tip but what type of gloves would you wear that would protect you? I don’t have any chainmail gloves.

  • Shuwukong says:

    You make good videos, but most of the topics are just too general, can you make some more technical and more informative (and of course longer) videos? eg. problems with algae, experience with certain types of fish, invertebrates and their behaviour, diet and compatibility, how to keep certain corals, deep sand bed, diseases, parasites and the solution…etc…etc… I used to like your videos but now I feel like I’ve got bored.
    Some of my sincere words
    and, i like your aquarium, its beauiful
    -Shuwukong

  • stel1os72 says:

    Hi Mark. Following up on Scott’s question, is there a specific non-toxic glove YOU’d recommend or have worked well with? I find that a lot of these “Aqua” gloves just make my job harder. And YES, protection just doesn’t feel the same…ha ha!!

  • Mad Hatter Reef says:

    This is a must. It’s also a good idea to keep kids and pets out of the way when your Fragging. Great Tip, Mark.

  • JuanCarlos says:

    another one of those “i know i should be i dont” tips lol

    *off to buy a wetsuit*

  • Dan says:

    Mark, I also would like to know which gloves you would recommend for this. I was rearranging some rockwork earlier this week and I think I touched a bristle worm. It felt like a really bad splinter stuck in my fingertip. It’s cleared up now but definitely was a wake up call. I wish I could have seen your tip before I did that. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Dan & everyone asking about which gloves I recommend: There are plastic gloves that auto parts stores sell. They fit snugly over your hand so they are water tight. I’ve always seen them be blue in color if that helps.

  • Very true Mad Hatter…zoatoxins can be lethal to pets like small dogs and cats.

  • Brad says:

    After loosing a full mature tank of fish/corals for an unknow reason over night (think it may have been chemicals on my hands or something) I’m always concerned about the source of my equipment. Rubber gloves from the auto parts store – are they clean or dirty. What kind of a releasing agent do they use on the moldes is it WD-40 or what. I’d prefer food grade equipment at least for that you’d hope the plant where they are made went through extra effort to keep the bad stuff out. Like who knows whats been in that Home Depot bucket before you purchased it….
    Great ideas and I’ve found vinegar and sticky tape works good for bristle worm bristles..

  • Brian Davis says:

    Before too much concern floods this thread I wanted to mention a very safe glove to use. Simple yet very effective, I’m going to swing by my wife’s hospital and share with you these fantastic gloves, I believe are Nitrile based, we use in our patient care areas. There is a lot of effort that has been put into researching and using gloves that work for everyone. Over the years, allergic reactions have been mainly stamped out. These gloves are comfortable, flexible, thin, and durable. If I’m handling heavy jagged rockscape then I easily double glove for added strength. Give me a few minutes and I will run over and I’ll repost this information for you guys and gals (:

  • Brian Davis says:

    Ok folks here you go: enjoy!

    Here are the gloves I mentioned above and I have been using for quite awhile now and trust very much. These are a high quality glove that I use while delivering patient care at my hospital. Best regards to you all this Christmas Season (:

    Follow this link to learn more about these gloves and where you can obtain them for a respectable price.

    Mark, I posted this information to your Facebook wall as well.

    ?body=http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.203866756362699.48702.100002181271348&type=1&l=c630fad056&subject=A Reef Safe Glove

  • Thanks for the info Brian. I created a link so everyone can find them easily on Amazon: Brian’s glove recommendation

  • YoYoFargo says:

    Okay, I know this is completely unrelated.

    In the freshwater world, we witness what many consider Animal Cruelty towards Betta Splendens. From dealers and in many households they’re in cold, small little cups; mostly because of the widespread misinformation about their care, feeding/breathing habits, and tank requirements. We see them dieing or dead wherever we go because of that. They require a temp around 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, neutral ph, and a tank of 2 gallons or more, with a filter and heater. They can’t rely on their labyrinth alone, and they shouldn’t be treated oil based medications. And no, you can’t put your guppies in with them, unless they’re non-ornamental. (even danios and rosies may bite their fins, depends on tank size and if your betta picks a cave out for himself…)

    Mark, can you give us some information about reef and marine advocacy similar to the tale of the betta?

  • Brandon says:

    lol, yes they are heavy. Try wearing them for 14 hours a day in 140 degree weather. Now that is fun!

  • Dave says:

    Just an added note, Wash your hands and up your arms after working with your aquarium water. We carry bacteria around transfer it to other surfaces. Take my word for it, It’s worth being careful when dealing with the unknown bacteria contained in a typical fish tank. Trips to the doctor are both painful and expensive.

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