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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-24-2011, 06:05 PM
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I second that. People should be aware of the risk, so they can protect themselves.

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post #22 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-24-2011, 10:16 PM
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Agreed! SO glad I know this. Its a scary thing to know, but is important to know.
I'd never heard of it until you posted this OFL, so THANK YOU. :D

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post #23 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-25-2011, 03:36 AM
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I've never been too worried about contracting fish TB, though I've read some nasty horror stories about it... I think for the most part it only happens to people with suppressed immune systems or decent-sized open wounds on their hands/arms. It is always something to keep in mind though, keep your hands clean when handling your fish. You never want to risk passing any pathogens around your tanks, or any chemicals that might be on your hands.

Also -- Bleach is your friend, if you know how to use it correctly.

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post #24 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-16-2011, 04:10 PM
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After reading this post and multiple website about Mycobacterium marinum, I have become highly suspicious that one of my tank may already been compromised by this disease. I have lost two neon tetras to spine deformity, which I couldn't find the cause of how they became that way when they seem to be in perfect health, three betta to unidentified death, and the remaining neon tetras' health are declining more and more. Two has no upper lip(?), 3-4 are lethargic and are having swimming issues.

Should I just assume that this tank has already been compromise and I should just euthanize the remaining neon tetra, discard all plants, and sterilized the tank and all tank accessory, or wait for more sign of the disease?
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post #25 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-16-2011, 05:09 PM
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I really think that as long as precautions are taken that there is really nothing to worry about. I always wash my hands before and after cleaning my tanks.
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