Opinion On Fish Spas?

Adriifu

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Hello! I was walking through my local mall and found a place that provides a special spa. Apparently, they use fish called Garra Rufas that munch on the dead skin of your feet. This has been banned in multiple states. I’ve been doing some researcch on it and wanted to know your opinions. Thanks
 

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They had them at the aquarium, obviously you couldn’t put your feet in but they allowed you to put your hands in. It felt really interesting
 
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sierrah766 said:
They had them at the aquarium, obviously you couldn’t put your feet in but they allowed you to put your hands in. It felt really interesting
Yeah.. I’ve seen articles that claim these fish are severely starved to the point where they’re forced to feed on dead skin, but I’m not completely sure it’s true.
 

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I thought they were illegal in the US?

I think that there is a law stating that all spa materials must be disinfected after every use.

Also, it's inhumane as they will only eat dead skin and not get their needed nutrition.

I saw some of them at my LFS and I wanted to get them.
 
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75g Discus Tank said:
I thought they were illegal in the US?

I think that there is a law stating that all spa materials must be disinfected after every use.

Also, it's inhumane as they will only eat dead skin and not get their needed nutrition.

I saw some of them at my LFS and I wanted to get them.
It’s illegal in only 14 states, I think. Some providences in Canada as well. I was asking the employees at the store and apparently they feed them actual food after they close. There’s a PETA article on these things with no sources. And, of course, PETA is completely biased, so I’m trying to find more information.
 

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thats one of those gray area things. The actual action of the fish eating dead skin isnt bad for them, they are just doing what they do. If their fed and taken care of its not a bad thing. However if they are starved so they do a better job thats were its bad.
 
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david1978 said:
thats one of those gray area things. The actual action of the fish eating dead skin isnt bad for them, they are just doing what they do. If their fed and taken care of its not a bad thing. However if they are starved so they do a better job thats were its bad.
Yeah. It really depends on the quality and knowledge of the spa and its employees.
 

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I'm not a big fan of fish spas as some places don't properly care for them and not sure how I should feel about feeding fish my dead skin
 

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I’ve actually done it once or twice. That was years ago. I don’t have any specific feelings on it.
 

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I think its fine to have them but not forcing them to starve. Feed them and if they want to nibble on you they can, but if they dont too bad.
 
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JamieXPXP said:
I'm not a big fan of fish spas as some places don't properly care for them and not sure how I should feel about feeding fish my dead skin
Apparently, these fish can get around 6 inches. The spa I saw kept around 50 of them in a bunch of what looked like 15-gallon tanks. Hopefully they don't have to live there for the rest of their lives.. They were pretty small at the time.
 
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