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    Did anyone see this?

    Man warns pet owners after fish tank releases 'second deadliest' poison, hospitalizes 10 - Fox Newshttps://apple.news/A_k09UuO1TJmHiH-43MVHtg


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    wow, never would have thought that cleaning your tank could kill ya

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    Observations & Thoughts: It suggests he was power washing indoors (which is a little dumb), and he claims Xenia emitted aerosolized palytoxin. I suspect he hit zoos with a power washer.
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    I think he tried to murder his family and failed, so he blamed it on the fish tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlpardue View Post
    Observations & Thoughts: It suggests he was power washing indoors (which is a little dumb), and he claims Xenia emitted aerosolized palytoxin. I suspect he hit zoos with a power washer.
    I know I was scrubbing Xenia off rock and it put off some funky fumes. Made me feel like crap for a few hours. And I was doing outside with plenty of ventilation.


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    My wife read this and knowing I have a couple varieties of Palys in my tank instantly started getting all concerned. I had to inform her that I take every conceivable precaution with them that I can to prevent this sort of thing from happening. First and foremost I always wear heavy grade nitrile gloves when I am doing water changes, sand bed cleaning, or moving anything around that is near them. My current tank is running a canister filter and I always run two 11oz Chemipure Blue pouches along with two 100g Purigen pouches in it. Just one Blue pouch is adequate in my tank for about two months before it needs to be replaced. I replace both every 6 weeks and swap out the Purigen at the same time with a freshly regenerated set. The combination of these filter media types are absolutely ravenous with organic absorption including toxins like what the Palys excrete. If I do need to mess with the Paly's in anyway say fragging etc I never remove them from the water. They are both isolated on their own rocks on the sand bed and I only frag off what has extended past the rock and onto the sand. The colony is gently lifted up and I submerge a tupperwear container and place the colony in that, before removing it from the tank. The fragging is done in this container so if they do expel toxin it is contained as well as making it easy to treat with iodine after cutting. Once treatment is done I use an airline to exchange the iodine treated water with tank water into a 5 gallon bucket. Once completely flushed the Palys go back into the tank in the same way I pulled them out. When I get the 75g up I intend on having active ventilation for the sump and was planning on installing a serviceable carbon embedded hepa air filter for the fan so all air exiting the sump will pass through it to reduce odors as well as any possible airborne contaminants.

    I know there is still the potential there with these corals, but with proper precautions, taking your time when working with them we can enjoy having these corals and remain safe.

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    This is exactly why I stayed away from doing a tank crammed with high end zoas. I like sticking my hands in the tank and it would only be a matter of time before hospitalization.


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    Yeah, one of the main reasons I no longer keep palys or zoas...


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