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For those of you with aquariums - May 9, 2008, 07:49 AM

Don't learn the hard way like I have done. Aquariums can contains various types of bacteria, including salmonella. Last night, I did a 20% water change in my reef tank and cleaned the powerheads, filters, etc.

The wife and I had been enjoying pitas & hummus then switched to shrimp before our dinner. I apparently forgot to wash my hands at some point, because last night I started feeling nauscious, was awake for the majority of the night, and got sick a couple times.

For those of you with children & tanks, please explain the importance of washing thoroughly if they come into contact with tank water or tank accessories.

I'm regretting not paying more attention to what I was doing last night.



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Aw, Chris.



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May 9, 2008, 01:57 PM

Thanks. No worries about not shooting. Keep us posted, and if you go, enjoy the Cook Off!


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Chris,

Not sure if you thought about doing this but from past experience like your experience I have always washed my tanks with gloves on just for purpose. Who says those yellow gloves don't come in handy....

I feel your pain mang...


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Speaking of aquariums, does anyone want a pet turtle? He's about 3.5 inches long. Painted turtle.


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I have a pond in my back yard. Has about 10 Koi in it.. what type of environment does he need?


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Craig, I used gloves part of the time, and usually try and make a habit of wearing them. But I remember cleaning one of the powerhead filters without my gloves, and I don't recall washing my hands afterwards.

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I have a pond in my back yard. Has about 10 Koi in it.. what type of environment does he need?
Water lilies as they like to swim in-between them and keeps the sun off of them as well. They are fresh water so something that can keep the pond clean for them as well since they are oversized goldfish.....


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May 9, 2008, 05:18 PM

i have never heard of that from a salt water tank. i never use that kind of protection but i used to wash my hands after every time i would stick my hand in it just to get the fishy smell off of them. i guess it was a good habit!


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I'm not convinced this wasn't rather a case of tainted shrimp. To get sick from bacterial contamination usually requires that a fair amount of bacteria be consumed. Contaminated vulnerable foods (i.e. foods that have a high moisture content like meat and potato salad and so on) have about 4 hours at room temp before enough bacteria accumulate to make you sick. Specifically, what makes you sick is not the live bacteria (your stomach environment kills most ingested bacteria) but the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the bacterial cell walls, an undigestable constituent that induces a powerful immune response. We have absolutely nothing like it occuring naturally in our bodies, and it is toxic, so it is a powerful antigen. A large enough dose of LPS stimulates the gut to, well, expunge its contents asap. Eventually, LPS can work beyond the gut and elicit fever and severe dehydration from the diarrhea. I doubt that you exposed yourself to enough LPS from your hands. However, even just one spoiled shrimp, and it can happen where only one isolated hotspot develops in a food like that, will contain enough bacteria to give you the "backyard trots" as my granny says. What's more, seafood, especially shellfish, can cause viral food poisoning as well.

All the same, being careful with your tank is a good call.


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Orange Shirt, I understand your point, but I think I need to clarify a couple items for you.

A) The shrimp we had were from the local grocery store, not our own tank
B) My wife did not get sick and we ate the same stuff
C) I did not wash my hands thoroughly after cleaning our tank.

I'm 99.9% positive I didn't get sick from the food. I believe I got sick from not washing my hands after cleaning the tank accessories, like the powerhead filter and wet/dry filter and picked up some bacteria from the tank stuff.


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A) The shrimp we had were from the local grocery store, not our own tank
I never thought you were a shrimp grower.

The fact that you two ate the same food is the best evidence for the tank hypothesis. However, because shrimp are descrete units, you can actually get one bad one from a bag of good ones. I had a nice dinner at Mama's on the Half Shell up in Bmore spoiled by one bad, and I mean baaaad, scallop amongst a pile of good ones.

Dude, you should squirt a few drops of your tank water into a cup of milk and see how long it takes to go bad. Set up a clean cup of milk next to it.


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