I saw some tattooed mollies in my lfs. The heart is kind of pretty and would make my wife's day if I bought her one of these.
I hesitate to buy one in fear that I may be encouraging cruelty to fish. What has this fish gone through to have this done?
Does anybody have any insight on this topic?
Before I hit submit I decided this has already been answered elsewhere and looked it up beyond this site. There is a big up roar about these fish. I believe this quote sums it up pretty good.
Dr Peter Burgess, a fish health consultant whose work on dyed glassfish was published in Practical Fishkeeping in the 1990s, told us:
"The skin of a fish is living tissue throughout. Any colouring method that damages the skin's protective surface will render fish prone to potentially life-threatening infections.
The artificial colouring by laser presumably involves restraining the fish out of water for some time and this is likely to cause further unnecessary stress. And how do we know it isn't painful?
"This practice should be condemned as being cruel and totally unnecessary. It devalues living creatures and treats them as if they were some inanimate object that can be decorated purely for whim or commercial gain. For too long, fish have been widely perceived as cold, unfeeling creatures that do not perceive pain, but we know this is far from true. This despicable practice only serves to perpetuate the myth."
I will not be buying this fish, and I plan to say something next time I visit my lfs. Gee, I wish there where more than one store for me to shop at.