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Rakie
06/29/2016, 06:26 PM
This toxin can also come from Zoanthids, yes? It seems dumb to ask, but as I just trimmed the pegs off of 5 Zoa frags and 1 Paly frag I began to wonder while noticing the amount of slime left on my hands.

I washed my hands in water for a moment, then realized it wasn't good enough and washed my hands with soap thoroughly up to the elbow.

They all slimed me, but the Paly got me last, and the most.

JohnnyHildo
06/29/2016, 09:51 PM
there are 2 guys that operate the lfs i go to. one frags zoas without incident and the other has a reaction any time he contacts the polyps.
i know there is no need to remind you but i have to say it anyway... go get some freaking nitrile gloves.

jayball
06/30/2016, 09:06 AM
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6431a4.htm?s_cid=mm6431a4_w

There is a table of possible symptoms there.

FYI, most Zoa's do not have appreciable amounts of toxin in them.

I also echo the nitril glove comment, for the coral as much as you. A box of hundreds is only a few bucks on amazon.

Rakie
06/30/2016, 08:53 PM
Thanks much! And yeah I need some gloves, I pretty rarely stick my hands in the tank, and even more rarely do I fiddle with corals. So it didn't seem like I needed to put it as a high priority item.. But at these growth rates I was wrong.

twon8
07/01/2016, 01:32 PM
This toxin can also come from Zoanthids, yes? It seems dumb to ask, but as I just trimmed the pegs off of 5 Zoa frags and 1 Paly frag I began to wonder while noticing the amount of slime left on my hands.



I washed my hands in water for a moment, then realized it wasn't good enough and washed my hands with soap thoroughly up to the elbow.



They all slimed me, but the Paly got me last, and the most.



No, it is only with palythoa, not zoanthids. Palythoa incorporate sand into their growth mat while zoanthids do not


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Rakie
07/01/2016, 06:05 PM
Thank you Twon8 -- It's right in the name itself, so I knew it was a silly question but I've been wrong before!

Fourstars
07/19/2016, 10:55 AM
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6431a4.htm?s_cid=mm6431a4_e