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STOP dyeing fish!!!!!!!!
Old 12-10-2006, 05:33 PM   #51
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i went to get some christmas decorations on friday,
and i went and took a look around a couple of fish places
that were close by,one of which had Dyed Parrot fish.
i think i will stick to my LFS which don't sell Dyed fish.
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Old 12-11-2006, 02:15 PM   #52
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The bad part is we do alter ourselves in ways from tanning beds, to hair dye. All in the name of being idfferent or appealing to the opposite sex.

As for the dying fish, is just wrong to think that such a process doesn't harm the fish, after all tanning too often does harm to us. I can't say it is the most henious act in the industry but is certainly one of the top 5.

People will dye fish and inject fish as long as they allow people to do physical alterations to dogs, cats, weasels, rats, birds etc. There has to be a whole hearted change in attitute toward the true form of an animal before any of these practices like cropping tails, pinning ears and clipping wings will change so it will take the same effort to get dyed and injected fish off the market.

I do know that even if my LFS did start to carry these and wouldn't stop upon request I would still buy from them, just not dyed or injected fish. I know, sounds hypocritical but the other option is to buy my fish and supplies from a place that deosn't clean their tanks at all and they are always full of algae, slime and dead fish so my options are a little limited. I guess the lesser of two evils as Walmart isn't even a choice because they are absolutely the worst of the 3.
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:45 AM   #53
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as cruel as it is, you have to admit the fish look real novelty. but i would hate to see my awesome murray cod get dyed. lol
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Old 12-14-2006, 01:46 AM   #54
Wow! Thanks for posting this. I'd never heard of such a process. I came across this post while trying to dig up some information on "tattooed mollies". This would explain what I haven't been able to find any info about them or any breeders.

The tattooed mollies looked just like the kaledscope gourami. Although one of the mollies had 5 vertical stripes instead of dots. All of them had white bodies. I even commented to the fish store employees that I'd never seen mollies like this before. They either didn't know about this process or didn't want to scare me off. Either way I'm not going back there.

Thanks again for posting!
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:59 AM   #55
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Glad you appreciate what we are doing, Naran.:)
Oh, and welcome aboard.
I know you'll like it here too.
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Old 12-17-2006, 07:53 AM   #56

Looks like I have another painted fish in my tank, the Strawberry Tetra. This fish store really has it all, painted fish and velvet.

Here's another link regarding painting, injecting, tattooing fish:

Thanks for the welcome, Blue! :)
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Old 12-17-2006, 03:44 PM   #57
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When I first got my tank I sadly didnt know and I got a jellybean fish it wasnt died it was its normal pale orange. Soon after I got him I was looking in a group on myspace and found out all about them. I was wanting to get more till I saw that. I decided not to return him but kept him in my little tank family. He was a very hearty little fish and liked to follow me along the tank. Last week my little jelly died. even though I miss my little guy like crazy I refuse to buy another now that I have all the facts. Instead I am getting brightly colored cichlids for my tank
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Old 12-17-2006, 10:26 PM   #58
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Here are the following fish which IMO should not be bought:
1. Blood Parrot
~They are so deformed that most of the parrots even fail to be able to close their mouths. You may find "heart-shaped parrots". Their tails were actually pierced which is quite painful for the fish.
2. Jellybean Parrot
~They are fertile unfortunately. So people get to breed them in large numbers. They should be boycotted as they are not even natural.
3. Balloon Mollies
A supposed "natural variant" of molly. The truth is that they are so deformed with their spines seemingly curved. They are often prone to swim bladder defects.
4. Flowerhorns
Do not believe in what they call are "Chinese characters" which are supposed to bring "luck", "fortune" and other fortune-telling stuff. Sheer luck happens by coincidence.
The flowerhorns you found have been subjected to injections to enhance colorings(often the food color enhancers though), piercing of tails and enlarging of humps. Enlarging the humps is totally not a good idea. The larger it is, the more difficult it is for fish to swim well.
Worst, they are extremely aggressive and it is best not to release them in the wild for a lot of factors which are generally disease contamination to the local flora and fauna and decimation of native stocks like what happened in Lake Victoria prior to introduction of Nile Perch.
5. Assorted Malawi Cichlids
We should not encourage cross breeding the species as we are only reducing the stocks of pure strains. Malawians are so eager to breed that we often find fry which have horrible combinations of colors and even appearance.
6. Poeciliids
Apart from the balloon mollies, do not attempt to cross even the guppies and mollies. They are often frowned upon as they look quite unnatural. I have yet to see pictures of those cross breeds prior to claims that they can even cross breed.
7. Balloon Rams
Avoid them. They are the same as the balloon mollies.
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:09 PM   #59
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I agree with cross breeding only if it is intentional and unregulated. The accidental crossing of some species is inevitable and there is a fair chance that, I would be guessing, up to 25% of all fish on the market that have been traded and bought and traded and bought etc.. are crossbreeds and there is little chance to eliminate the strains. To be quite honest, if the cross breeding is done by the same standards and regulations that they have for mammals then I don't have many bad things to say about it. It is the unregulated practice that is going to destroy the hobby and many species. But any species that is mutilated, deformed, or lacks the natural biological properties of similar species is absolutely wrong. Also any practice that shortens the life span, deforms the animal or hinders its ability to do what it shoujd be able to do should also be banned.

After all, if it we were to ban all cross breeds of all animals, no one would own a cat or a dog as well as other animals we call pets. It sinply needs to be regulated and done properly to insure a viable, "natural" result with a large enough gene pool to make sure that proper breeding practices can be maintained.
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Old 12-18-2006, 11:56 PM   #60
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IMO this is a dyed loach

is this a died loach?
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