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Old 11-25-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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i have seen so many videos on youtube saying that it doesnt hurt the fish... that it doesnt hurt the fish because they dont have nerves on their skin like humans do.Dont they know it shortens the fish's life span, it hurts them and finally it should be ILLEGAL!Cant we just admire natures creation and not spoil it with such humaine tortue!: mad:
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:16 PM   #2
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I believe it is illegal in CA. That's like the only benefit from the environmentalists, but at least they're sorta helping. In that one way.... Tattooed fish often have health problems. I would never buy them.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:23 PM   #3
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im in the uk so i dont know if we get tattooed fish.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:49 PM   #4
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I've seen these tattooed fish at a chain of local pet stores (Pet Life, formerly Kennel Shop). Forgive my ignorance...how exactly do they tattoo fish?
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:12 PM   #5
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The stick a needle into the fish and inject dye. Very stressful for the fish and a good chance of infection. Fish are vertebrates, they itch and scratch & they feel it when another fish takes a bite, I've seen it.

Unless they can prove a humane method, you should advise them not to stock them and never buy them.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:48 AM   #6
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i dont think they actually use a sharp needle i think they use a blunt one a stab it in.
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I'm sure it starts out sharp. But they used the same needle for hundreds of fish, so it won't stay sharp and its a great way to get a fish sick.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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still how could someone be so mean?
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:36 PM   #9
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$. If 15 seconds work can double the value of a fish, they are going to do it. They may even use an anesthetic as you can stick a still fish faster.

What i don't get is why people want crude graphics on a fish. You can stick heart stickers on every surface in your house, why do you need a heart on a fish?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:00 PM   #10
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hey......i have 2 tattoos and somebody wants me.....but i don't know why......and ashe won't tell me....lol.

don't buy tatooed fish or dyed fish or intentionally deformed fish or interbred fish...
no flowerhorns...no blood parrots or any other color parrots...no balloon mollies or rams or other balloon types...no crossed species fish either...
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:09 PM   #11
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are albino gups ok?
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Albinos generally have poor eyesight compared to dark-eyed fish. Be prepared to keep them alone, feed more and clean the tank more and for them to grow more slowly and you may different lighting.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:37 PM   #13
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i think my males have x-ray vision they're always after the females.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:40 PM   #14
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The best way to put a stop to this is not just to not buy them, but to tell the petshop clerks that you will not patronize their stores if they carry them. Believe me, the competition is tough and the profits are razor-thin, so losing customers is the last thing they want to do.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:47 PM   #15
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Its so messed up that the tattoo fish just admire the fish for what they are.
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