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Old 12-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #1 
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Do you wash your hands before feeding your betta?

I was just curious :)
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:14 PM   #2 
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I am worried about soap contaminating their food and making them sick, so I never wash with soap before feeding my Bettas. In fact, if I've just washed my hands, I will delay their feeding for a while. I will sometimes rinse with just water before feeding them.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:14 PM   #3 
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Nope. Of course I make sure theres nothing weird on my hands, but I don't ever bother washing my hands before I feed. Though if I feed bloodworms I do wash afterwards because my hands get all bloodwormy. xD
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:15 PM   #4 
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I rinse them in water, but I never ever use soap. If I forget and shower before I feed them I'll use measuring spoons or count it as their skip day.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:16 PM   #5 
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I sometimes do. I have a question, can we touch bettas like people do with goldfish? Not to hijack, sorry. :)
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:17 PM   #6 
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I always make sure my hands are clean an rinse a millions times before feedling.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:19 PM   #7 
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I almost never wash my hands before fiddling with my tanks. Only exceptions are if I have been handling cleaning chemicals with bare hands or have been touching my hospital tank.

Since I don't wear nail polish, perfume or body/hand lotions I don't really see the need to be excessively washing my hands. I am always putting my hands into my tanks so to wash them every single time would just be time consuming.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:29 PM   #8 
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I always wash my hands-before and after I do anything with my tanks using soap and water.

I don't stress over any soap residue...I have been doing it this way for a very long time and have never had any issue or caught anything from my tanks in the 40+ years in this hobby.

IMO/E-washing hands before and after working with your tanks is a good habit to form....
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:33 PM   #9 
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I dont wash my hands before, because I dont want any soap to come in contact with the tank. However, I do rinse them and always wash my hands after doing anything with my aquarium.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:36 PM   #10 
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I don't do full soap and water, but I do use hot water.

Afterwards, I normally don't only because as I fill up the tank, I always have my hand under the water already.
And if my hands smell, well I just use hand sanitizer xD
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