Ouch! What stung me??
I have a 29 gallon tank that right now doesn't have anything except 3 mystery snails, some trumpet snails, a nerite snail, and a ramshorn snail hitched a ride in from somewhere or another, probably from some plants I ordered. It has organic potting mix capped with aquarium sand, and a few plants and it's unheated.
I recently had a huge explosion of tiny things. Worms on the side of the glass which I assume to be nematodes, and now some little jerky tiny specks, maybe water fleas. I didn't worry too much about it, because I will soon have some fish in there to take care of those things.
Before I got this tank, the snails were in a 10 gallon. I remember having some vaguely itchy feelings in my hands after I cleaned the tank then. They shared the tank with a betta fish. but the tank was divided.
(I have a 3rd tank, a 10 gallon, undivided with a betta. Never had this issue over there at all.)
Well today, I was cleaning out the 29 gallon tank. I had some snail jello in there starting to disintegrate, and you could SEE all the nematodes on the glass gravitating toward it, so I decided to suck it out. I got out about 10 gallons and when I was done, I got an itchy sensation on my finger that slowly grew and grew to an all out STINGING sensation. Now I have a big hard welt on my finger. and my other fingers are starting to feel full like they are trying to swell a bit.
I did not touch an insect or anything. the only thing I did was clean out this tank.
the only thing I can think of is the hornwort I have in there?? an allergic reaction?
I use prime in this tank and also a few drops of coral reef calcium every now and again for my snails. The ingredients to that is calcium chloride and ionized water.
Last edited by 2boys2fish; 10-31-2014 at 09:41 AM.