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joeshmoe 08-05-2006 09:02 AM

STOP dyeing fish!!!!!!!!
List of Possible Dyed Fish

1. Bala Shark
2. Labeos
3. Irridescent Shark
4. Tinfoil Barb
5. Tiger Barb
6. Red Tailed Botia
7. Glassfish
8. Black Skirt Tetra
9. Corydoras
10. Oscar
11. Parrot Fish
12. German Blue Ram
13. Convict Cichlid
14. Giant Gourami
15. Kissing Gourami
16. Severum
17 Siamese Algae Eater(SAE)
18. Aulonocara nyassae
19. Pseudotropheus greshakei
20. Pseudotropheus zebra
21. Hypostomous plecostomus
22. Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
23. Paradise Fish
24. Botia hymenophysa
25. Botia lecontei
26. Colisa sota
27. Betta splendens
28. Discus
29. Goldfish
Dyed Blood Parrots
*This is a different breed.Another kind is a jellybean parrot which stays 10 cm and below in size.
*Besides being dyed, it's also a hybrid which we, as hobbyists, shouldn't accept as this destroys the natural appearance of the fish.
*Known to be a hybrid of Heros severum and Cichlasoma labiatum.

Pls feel free to post your own pics of the dyed fish.
This will raise awareness among the members not to buy these fish.

(edited by Blue for addition of list of dyed fish)

Lupin 08-05-2006 09:45 AM

I may as well add that there are more dyed fish like the colored Glassfish(Chanda ranga), Glass Catfish, Colored Botia(Botia horae) and the colored variations of the albino Black Widow tetra.
Again, feel free to post those fish in dyed appearance.

*Joe, I added more info on your pic.

SimplySplendid 08-05-2006 02:48 PM

Here is a picture of dyed glassfish. Although it may look nice, please do not buy this fish as it encourages fish-dyeing that is dreadfully harmful and cruel to the fish.

Rebecca 08-05-2006 02:53 PM

It's amazing the things some humans do to animals for their own pleasure. This is just a prime example of a cruel practice. It's sad, really.

Lupin 08-05-2006 07:49 PM

I agree with you, GuppyGirl.
Not only is this a cruel and sad practice but dyeing also renders them vulnerable to diseases.
Dyed fish are rather prone to lymphocytis. Lymphocytis is a disease which is characterized by hard globular cysts forming on the fish's skin.

Two methods of dyeing:
1. Injecting different parts of the fish's body with dye or food coloring. This is very painful for the fish and the coloring is not permanent.
2. Soak the fish in acids and then soak it in a tub of dye. Acids remove their mucous membrane which protects them from diseases. With the removal of the mucous, this allows dye to stick to the fish and will also render the fish prone to diseases.

Those methods are very cruel. Dyed fish, at any rate, won't last very long compared to their undyed companions.

usmc121581 08-05-2006 07:52 PM

I didn't know all that. I knew that they injected dyes, but never the acid/soaking part. Thats nice to know. :)

Lupin 08-05-2006 08:10 PM

I don't know if you've seen botias being dyed but another botia(besides Botia horae) can also be dyed even with blue natural colorings.
This is a Botia modesta(Orange-finned Loach).
This is a dyed Albino cory(Corydoras aeneus).
Very annoying.:x

Fishboy131 08-06-2006 11:25 AM

Wow those fish look really cool. Where can i get a dyed fish?

Rebecca 08-06-2006 12:10 PM


Originally Posted by Fishboy131
Wow those fish look really cool. Where can i get a dyed fish?

You're joking right? :|

Tracy 08-06-2006 09:05 PM

Very pretty, but so unnatural, so sad. I am wondering how many other fish are dyed like that? some of the colours of the community fish are so vibrant; I am glad I went with gouramis. I think I will put African Cichilds in my 25 gallon. They have nice colours.

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