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View Poll Results: Do you wash your hands before feeding your betta?
Always 16 27.12%
Sometimes 12 20.34%
Usually not 31 52.54%
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:30 PM   #21 
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Is it necessary? Do those of you that do wash your hands before feeding think that it is necessary? Or do you do it more to ease your own mind?
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:38 PM   #22 
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My betta are on a live food diet XD. I have to use a spoon because I have a fear of touching anything remotely leach like, that includes blood worm. I generally rinse my hands under water if I have been doing art before anyway as I always get paint on my hands.

The only time i have stuff on my hands is because my nails are painted and i don't think that will kill the fish.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:50 PM   #23 
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Before feeding I don't. My hands never actually touch the water when I'm feeding them. However, when I rearrange the tank or do water changes I always wash my hands and rinse them very well.
I kinda figured that the residue couldn't hurt them much since my hands will only be in the tank for a few seconds. Plus their are many things my hands could have come in contact with that I am unaware of.

If you rinse in hot water it dries out your hands so I know I at least don't have to worry about any oils on my hands, lol.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:08 AM   #24 
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Never before, always after. If I stick my arms into my tank(The larger 5 gallon I just had to prune some leaves), I rinsed that arm off with some vinegar and then with water. After I was done, antibacterial soap and water, absolutely. If I'm just feeding, I use my fingertips and don't get dirty. Just wipe them off. The Omega one pellets aren't smelly like the hikari pellets I used to give. If I'm feeding blood worms, I wash.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:20 AM   #25 
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I use the tiny spoon that comes with bottles of Atison's Pro to feed my betta his staple pellets (which are now NLS Betta Formula), so I don't really think about washing my hands before feeding times. If I'm handling FD bloodworms, which are really difficult to pick up with a spoon, I make sure to wash my hands before and after feeding.

However, if I'm going to be fiddling around with something inside the tank, or if it's water change day, I always wash my hands before and after doing anything. Basically - if I'm planning to touch anything that will come into direct contact with my fish, I wash my hands neurotically, for my fish's sake.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:07 PM   #26 
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The main reason I wash my hands is due to the natural oils and lotions I use. This helps to keep the surface scum limited-especially since I don't use a lot of filtration on my tanks to help keep it broke up. And when I feed-it always seems like I gotta stick my hands in the tank for one reason or another....lol.....
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:33 PM   #27 
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I wash my hand using Dawn Liquid Soap. I wash them because I touch a lot of things through out the day. Some of is money and imo money is just a dirty thing to touch.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:31 PM   #28 
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Some of is money and imo money is just a dirty thing to touch.
Too true! My goodness, some days I wonder where a dollar bill has been - and then I start to think about it and decide that there are some things that are best left unknown
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:44 PM   #29 
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The main reason I wash my hands is due to the natural oils and lotions I use. This helps to keep the surface scum limited-especially since I don't use a lot of filtration on my tanks to help keep it broke up. And when I feed-it always seems like I gotta stick my hands in the tank for one reason or another....lol.....
Do you have a concern about contaminating the food/getting the fish sick from not washing your hands?
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:50 PM   #30 
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I don't before, because i don't want soap residue to get into the tank, and I usually don't after, unless I'm going to eat soon.
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