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Old 09/19/2019, 08:44 PM   #1
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Should I let my cleaner shrimp clean my hand?

I heard that cleaner shrimp will clean your hand and after buying one yesterday I tried it and sure enough it hopped on and was cleaning my hand. Should I let the shrimp do this regularly? Itís super cool to watch him do but Iím not sure if it will hurt him in the long run.

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Old 09/20/2019, 03:24 AM   #2
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As long as your hands are clean of solvents and other things you wouldn't want to get in your water it will be fine.

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Old 09/21/2019, 04:48 PM   #3
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The less you play with it, the better, but it shouldn't harm it assuming your hands are rinsed off.

Its fun to show off at parties, but everyday is just another risk of a bad pathogen, sanitizer, lotion, etc not being rinsed off 100% and directly being fed to the shrimp. I personally do it maybe once or twice at most a year to reduce number of chances taken.


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