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Author Topic: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?  (Read 3294 times)

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Offline sam66

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Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« on: September 22, 2011, 12:55:10 AM »

 Hi guys,
             I have recently gone back to an old hobby of keeping tropical fish, ( guppies, angle , discus and Siamese fighting fish   ;D

  My no's are pretty good , UD , cd4 677,  % not so good 19 ,  health good

  I know cats could be a problem with hiv. Some fish do carry some parasites,

  I been trying to find info on anything to be carefull of ( when cleaning tanks etc ) , not much luck.


  If anyone has any advice info would be greatly appreciated,


   Sam
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Offline Ann

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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2011, 06:11:27 AM »
Sam, as long as you're following normal hygiene precautions (such as washing your hands after cleaning the tank), I can't see it being a problem. If you're worried, you could wear washing-up gloves when cleaning the tank.

Cats are only a problem if you don't follow hygiene precautions when cleaning their litter box or cleaning up after fecal "accidents". I've had cats all my life and hiv is not going to change that. Cats who are strictly house-cats normally do not carry the bug that causes toxo, it's mainly ones who go outside (and possibly kill and eat birds or rodents) that you have to be cautious over. Of course it's always wise to wash your hands after cleaning the litter tray regardless of whether the cat is an indoor or an outdoor one.

Pets are good for us. Don't let hiv get in the way of owning fish. (or cats or dogs or horses or birds or whatever!)
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2011, 07:19:17 AM »



   Sam, 

      Ann's right don't let HIV get in the way of keeping fish.  Before I moved I had four tanks going, two with turtles and the other two with African Cichlids, never had a problem from either.  If you don't mind me asking, what kind of discus do you keep?   I use to keep German discus back in the late 90's. 

  Happy fish keeping..

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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2011, 06:29:08 PM »
Hey Sam

I have 7 sheep, 8 Alpacas, 5 goats, 2 pigs, 25 chickens and two dogs and have never had any health problems, well none that are related to my animals, so I think if you just follow Anns instructions on hygiene you can't go wrong.

Enjoy your tropical fish.

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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2011, 06:38:35 PM »
Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?


If your lifting weights, keep away from the tank !  ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uXS-OfodQk


I've had fish for years, never had any problems !  Enjoy them !!


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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2011, 11:51:32 PM »

 Thanks guys,

   You put my mind at ease.  I think you cant beat a bit of pet therapy .

   Ann, I been getting visits from a couple of cats every morning ( mother and young kitten ) they would greet me and be very friendly ; then I realised they were more interested in my fish tank outside  :D , little buggers ! . tank got a cover , no probs

 Skeebo, 
             I don't think what I have is German discus  , they were bought in thailand, and considering the price i paid for them, i doubt if they are import, must be locally bred but they seem to be healthy and strong .



  Wow, what a collection of animals anniebc, wonderfull


 JRE  , good advise, I only do a few  "sit ups" and "push ups" in front of the tank.  also I stopped practicing my golf swing indoors,  but this is only after two broken windows and a smashed light

 sam
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2011, 08:45:53 AM »
Yep, cats love fish tanks! But don't think they aren't interested in you as well - if they were only there for the fish, they wouldn't be chatting you up, they'd be scattering when they see you. They may be thinking of moving in with you. Don't worry about stroking them or anything, just wash your hands if you need to deal with kitty poo. :)

Did you seriously used to practice your golf swing inside the house? hehehehehe.... good grief! :D
« Last Edit: September 23, 2011, 08:47:44 AM by Ann »
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2011, 12:52:59 PM »
I don't know about fish, but in my house we have some pets too. 3 dogs (yorkshire terriers), 7 birds,  3 turtles and this year my mom adopted 2 cats .. at first I fret because of toxo, but I had to inform a little, and I was ok then. We agreed that I won't have to deal with the kitty litter. Now the two damn cats cause a real mess on my room  :D
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2011, 01:53:01 PM »
Even if someone dares you, don't eat them raw.  Cook them first.
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2011, 05:58:53 AM »
Hey Sam

I have 7 sheep, 8 Alpacas, 5 goats, 2 pigs, 25 chickens and two dogs and have never had any health problems, well none that are related to my animals, so I think if you just follow Anns instructions on hygiene you can't go wrong.

Enjoy your tropical fish.

Aroha
Jan

I was gonna say Jan is the posterchild of pet ownership in the hiv+ community but seems she already made her point brilliantly.

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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2011, 07:24:59 AM »
Even if someone dares you, don't eat them raw.  Cook them first.
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2011, 10:39:33 AM »
I was gonna say Jan is the posterchild of pet ownership in the hiv+ community

She's more of a Zoo-keeper than a Pet owner.  ;)

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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2011, 02:01:29 PM »
She's more of a Zoo-keeper than a Pet owner.  ;)

-Will

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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2011, 02:18:44 PM »
I don't know if Sam saw the same report that I did on TV but a young lady had scraped her hand while cleaning her tank and contracted a bacterial infection that she can't get rid of. I Googled and found quite a bit of info concerning infections and fish tanks.
That said, I take care of a couple fish tanks at work and I always wear over the elbow rubber gloves when cleaning the tanks. I do this more to protect the fish because I use hand cleaners and sanitizers and I don't want to endanger the fish.
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2011, 02:31:11 PM »


   If he has open sores, or something like a recently amputated finger, arm or both arms, he should take certain precautions...... of course.
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2011, 10:50:25 AM »

   If he has open sores, or something like a recently amputated finger, arm or both arms, he should take certain precautions...... of course.

True. My ID doctors treats other infections besides HIV and when I asked about my tanks at work he said that no one with open cuts should be working in a fish tank without proper gloves. He actually told me that he saw far less bacterial infections in his HIV patients because they tend to be more cautious.
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2011, 03:21:47 AM »

   If he has open sores, or something like a recently amputated finger, arm or both arms, he should take certain precautions...... of course.[/quote


So true Mr Skeebo people rush into a variety off activities way too early with all kinds off amputations and open sores.
I have also heard stories off folk drinking coffee when its way to hot for the average human to consume.
When will they learn? Thank you for your concern.
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2011, 08:11:51 PM »
I loaded this screen saver on my 32 inch PC monitor.  It is so soothing:

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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2011, 12:09:40 AM »
Thanks guys

                   me and the fish are doing fine,

                   Rubber gloves a good idea  ;D

                   
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Re: Any thing to be carefull of when keeping tropical fish ?
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2011, 08:06:29 AM »
                bear;   sea bass  , steamed or fried in garlic  , delish !   

I never liked fish until I worked as a commercial fishermanbitch. Nothing beats Dover Sole straight off the deck and into the pan in ten minutes. Yumyumyum! And queenies from the Gigha Sound are the sweetest in the world. :) 
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