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  • Aloe safe for fish?

    (I hope this doesn't double-post. I got an error the first time around.)

    So: I'm pretty fanatical about washing my hands after handling tank equipment, etc, especially since my platy tanks have a suspected problem with mycobacteria. This means that on tank maintenance day, my hands tend to get washed a LOT. Which means dry skin.

    Another of my quirks is that I dislike hand lotions in general (the perfumes make me gag) and I especially dislike the thought of chemicals getting into my tanks from my skin.

    (I could get a pair of rubber gloves to wear, but guess what? I hate them, too. I'm a bit picky. Pity my wife; she has a lot to deal with.)

    Then it hit me: aloe is a natural (and unscented!) moisturizer that is supposedly used in some water conditioners and other fish tank additives. It's easy and cheap to acquire a virtually limitless supply of 100% pure aloe in the form of potted plants. So I'm thinking, buy a few aloe plants, treat my hands (at least the fingertips, my worst problem areas) with the aloe juice, and don't worry about it if I end up reaching into the tank 5 minutes later because I forgot something.

    Thoughts? Is straight aloe juice completely fish-safe, or are there other concerns I should have?
    Last edited by AlyeskaGirl; 05-24-2014, 09:52 PM.

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  • #2
    It is used in some water conditioners I think to help with the slime coat. Since it is 100% natural and most of it would already be absorbed by your skin, I think you'd be fine.

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    • #3
      Yes, aloe is safe. Lili is correct in that also is a slime coat aid. The little bit that may be on your hands shouldn't hurt any of your inhabitants.
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      • #4
        Hmm, cool... *gears turning in head*

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        • #5
          you can buy pure aloe extract from most health stores, just make sure it doesn't have any additives or perfumes.
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          • #6
            Or just get a plant. We've had aloe plants at different times, and they are wonderful for cooking burns...takes the sting right out. Plus the plant looks cool.

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            • #7
              I agree Lili the plant is an awesome thing to have in the house, we have a few in mine just in case. Not only is it a great moisturizer but it is great on sun burns and as mentioned cooking burns.
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              • #8
                Thank you for bringing this up Aylad, I consistently forget something and 5 minutes later have to wash lotion off my hands or forget that I have lotion on my hands, reach into the tank and then kick myself. I am getting some aloe or a plant.
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                • #9
                  Heh! Yeah, I'll probably be buying a few plants in the near future.

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