Day 12 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge
I don’t mean to be a fear monger here, but there are some things in our tanks that can potentially hurt us—lionfish or rabbitfish venom and palytoxin are a few things that come to mind.
You might think that these are no big deal (and for the most part, they aren’t), but what if something happened to you?
That’s a big what if, but it has happened.
If you’re like me, you’re the only one in the house or apartment that knows about the fish and corals in your tank. My family likes to look at them, but they don’t really know what’s going on. Quite frankly, I don’t think they even know what palytoxin is.
Unless you’re super lucky, your spouse probably isn’t into your tank as much as you are, and they probably aren’t aware of the little dangers that exist inside the tank.
Take a moment to survey your tank and think about the dangers. There are minor dangers–like the sting from a bristle worm and larger dangers, like palytoxin. Take 5 minutes today to write those things down, think about how you keep safe (like wearing gloves) and talk to your spouse or roommate about it, in case they have to intervene if you’re ever injured.
Chances are good that you will never need to have this conversation–but as the cliches go, it is better to be safe than sorry. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. and my favorite: a stitch in time save nine…whatever that means.
Be safe. See you tomorrow, where we’ll do something a little more fun.