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Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby DustinS85 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:11 am

I was cleaning my Fluval filter and got the dirty water from the filter splashed in my eye and mouth. Now I am very concerned with the possible health issues this can come from. I never had this happen in the 4 years I have been keeping African Cichlids (I also have some plecos and a catfish). Anyone else experience this? What could happen? Will I be fine? I am genuinely concerned (all the info I can find on Google is if you get salt water tank water in eyes or mouth).
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby Deeda » Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:02 am

I have had this happen and while it's not very pleasant and can taste nasty, I usually just rinse my eyes and mouth with tap water immediately. However, if you notice any eye irritation or other unusual symptoms develop, contact your doctor.
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby DJRansome » Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:16 am

I get fish water in my mouth all the time...starting the siphon for special tasks (not the Python). No problems!
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby cmoorewv » Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:08 pm

LOL. I mouth siphon, too, to get my water change started. I've had more than a few mouthfuls of fishtank water. Other than a brief moment of disgust, you should be fine. I have even taken my water to work (lab) before and did a membrane filter test on it out of curiosity. You basically suck the water through a special filter and put the filter on an agar plate and coliform colonies grow. It was pretty clean with regards to coliform.
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby DustinS85 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:27 pm

Thanks guys; my eye is fine now (a few days later). I appreciate you guys!
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby cmoorewv » Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:17 pm

Just got a mouthful today. Uggh.
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby awanderingmoose » Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:35 pm

DustinS85 wrote:I was cleaning my Fluval filter and got the dirty water from the filter splashed in my eye and mouth....Anyone else experience this?


Oh, just about everyone who has ever kept fish. If it were all that dangerous, natural selection would eliminate the fishkeepers from the gene pool.
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby Richard M » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:58 am

You'll get Fishlips.

Real nasty.
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby fmueller » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:47 am

For most of human history people used to get their drinking water from the source in which they fished. If that was a problem, human beings would have never come into existence!

In fact if you wash your hands in fish tank water, it is probably better for you long term than using anti bacterial soap.
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby Biciclid » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:45 am

What does not kill you makes you stronger... No... litterally... Most of the bugs that fish carry are not transmissible to humans, those that are (anisakis, mycobacterium marinum and others) would require you to eat your fish raw...sushi anyone? Bacteria like salmonella are usually not an issue as smothered by the competition of useful/harmless bacteria. On top of that you are giving your immune system a bit of exercise. Having worked as a vet i have been exposed to (and often swallowed) a lit worse, still here to tell the tale. Different kettle of fish if the individual has risk factors such as immunosuppressive treatment post-transplant
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Re: Tank water in eye and mouth?

Postby DJRansome » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:39 pm

My grandmother, who was a surgical nurse, used to tell me you eat a peck of dirt before you die.
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