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Old 02-04-2008, 07:34 PM
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coral sting - similar to anemone sting?

Well, after nearly 10 years in the hobby, and six years with corals, I have joined the elite club of those of us stung by our charges.

....only it took me three days to realize that it was a sting and not just eczema because I am one of the "lucky few" with wicked ridiculous allergies - I get rashy from just about anything. contact dermatitis and I are well acquainted....

so it wasn't until three days later that i figured out what it was -- I woke up in the middle of the night days after it had happened (not really entirely woke up, actually) and I went rooting around the apartment looking for a straight blade to just shave off the whole raised area - it stung and itched and burned SO badly!

so i was holding my finger really, really tightly, preparing to stab or shear the skin or something - and that's when I saw the symmetry of the inflammation for the first time. THAT woke me up.

see, eczema is rarely symmetrical.

i put the pin down (couldn't find a blade, so i figured i'd just stab the hell out of my finger and maybe whatever was hurting would stop -- remember, i wasn't exactly awake....) and went to the tank with a flashlight, looking for the bugger that had stung me....

and i found it.


this pic is today - maybe four days after the sting?

I know what stung me - can you figure it out?
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:35 PM
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...and the pic....
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:53 PM
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Hammer coral???
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:37 PM
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Sorry to hear Tahl! I'm still applying neosporine to my stings. Mine did take a turn to an infection, but after two days of the neosporine the infection has gone bye bye. I am now left with the itch that comes on every so often, and just about to drive you insane.
What got you? Mine was my hammer! I guess it got tired of being disturbed.lol
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I do not yet own a hammer coral. that will come some day, but i don't have one yet....

keep guessing!

look at the shape!
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:49 PM
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aptasia
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:54 PM
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aptasia was actually my first thought, too. but i've had close encounters with aptasia before - highly unlikely that it would have been that.

but that fits the pattern better - except for the sting in the middle. aptasia does not have a tentacle in the middle.....
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:56 PM
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:57 PM
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thats my final guess though
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Tahl, I had had many encounters with my hammer in the past year, and it had never stung me before. I think my hammer was ticked at me since it spent a day, and a night in the rubbermaid tub while I got the engineer gobie out. By the way, my arm was next to it again yesterday, and it did not sting me..
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