Originally Posted by ElectricBlueJackDempsey
Parrot cichlids are sometimes dyed and this is very painful and animal cruelty but glofish are not.
Blood Red Parrot cichlids, when dyed, are sold as "Jellybean" cichlids. It is very cruel, and the coloring doesnt last forever.
A lot of people are against BRP in the first place because they are a hybrid fish incapable of reproduction with their own as the males are infertile. But a BRP can have her eggs fertilzed by one of the fish first used to create the hybrid.
This man-made hybrid also has deformities that are caused by the breeding mix.
All of this makes people not want them. And I can agree that how they are made is wrong, and dyeing them and selling them as a "Jellybean" or "Valentine" fish is rediculous and should be stopped. However, even though they have their issues, BRP are still one of my favorite fish and the entire reason I love cichlids...they have amazing "tank puppy" personalities, comical antics, and have the most beautiful red-orange natural coloring.
Growing up as a child, there were fish that were dyed...two particular ones, and sadly I cant remember their species. I think one was some sort of x-ray fish, and they would inject the coloring via a needle into the fish so that the line in the back would show up as a bright flouresant color be it orange, blue, pink, or whatever color. My younger sister growing up had a couple of these (along with the other dyed ones I will mention shortly) in a 10 gallon tank, and within a couple of months of having them, their color faded, and eventually died. The other dyed fish were some sort of tetra looking fish as well, but they had all over body dye jobs usually in a baby blue or powder pink colors...they too lost their colors and dyed not too long after that.
Thankfully, the dyed fish I remember as a child, I havent seen sold anywhere recently...sadly though, there are many other fish that are dyed, and I refuse to ever buy them.
If I had the tank size, I would get the BRP, but not they "Jellybean" ones.
Just thought I would share.