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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:07 pm Post subject: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 Folks,
 
 Ashwini  wants  to  know  what  you  guys  think  of  artificial  colouring  of  aquarium  fishes.  Please  do  post  your  views  here.
 
 Sender's  Name:  Ashwini  G
 
 Message:  Hello,
 I  am  writing  an  article  for  the  Mumbai  Mirror  Website,  www.mumbaimirror.com  and  my  topic  is-  dyed  fish  in  Mumbai.  I  am  exploring  the  growing  demand  for  artificially  coloured  fish  for  aquarium/decorative  purposes.
 I  am  looking  for  information  as  well  as  experts  to  quote  in  my  story.
 Am  I  looking  in  the  right  place?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:21 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 To:  Ashwini
 
 Artificial  coloring  of  fish  is  an  unethical  thing  to  do,  This  harms  the  fish  in  more  ways  than  one  and  the  fish  does  not  usually  survive  for  long.  Hobbyists  need  to  refrain  from  buying  any  fish  that  has  been  dyed  with  artificial  colours,  we  need  to  spread  this  message  across,  so  when  the  buying  stops  so  will  this  process.
 
 If  you  search  you  will  find  all  the  colors  you  want  which  Nature  itself  has  given  to  different  varieties  of  Fish....You  really  dont  need  to  go  for  artificially  colored  fish!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:27 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 yuccky...
 I  would  never  like  to  buy  a  colored  or  gm  fish.  Had  been  to  couple  of  LFS  for  enquiring  about  tanks  and  saw  pink  zebra  danios  -  felt  really  bad.  The  natural  ones  look  soo  good.
 
 Maybe  for  people  who  dont  research  much  about  fishes  and  just  buy  whatever  they  like  in  LFS,  this  might  not  be  any  issue  at  all.  They  might  not  even  know  that  their  fishes  are  dyed  or  genetically  modified.
 
 Sad  part  is  some  people  think  fishes  as  some  show  pieces  and  nothing  else.  I  would  rather  float  some  colorful  plastic  fishes  rather  than  the  colored  live  ones.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:47 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 The  fishes  are  immersed  in  caustic  to  remove  (burn)  their  slimy  coats  and  then  dyes  are  injected  into  their  skin  with  needles  and  then  they  are  treated  with  hormone  based  solvents  for  growth  of  their  slimy  coats.  Now  imagine  doing  this  to  people  and  tell  me  if  this  is  ethical?  
 
 I  may  sound  bold,  but  who  are  we  to  play  GOD,  when  there  are  so  much  naturally  occurring  color,  grace  and  beauty  in  fishes  that  nature  has  produced.  
 
 PS:  Pink  zebra  danios  (gloFish)  are  genetically  engineered  and  not  dye  induced.  My  opinions  on  them  are  different.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:34 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

                                                   
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PS:  Pink  zebra  danios  (gloFish)  are  genetically  engineered  and  not  dye  induced.  My  opinions  on  them  are  different.                

 
 I  dont  know  about  Pink  Zebra  Danios,  but  if  you  guys  are  referring  to  the  Red  Zebra  Danio's  then  you  get  them  in  two  ways  .....  Genetically  Modified  Ones  and  the  Dyed  ones,  Its  pretty  difficult  to  distinguish  them,  but  the  dyed  ones  loose  the  coloration  after  a  while.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:11 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 Dyed  fish  is  different  from  selective  breeding  and  forming  new/variant  species.  Albino  verities  are  the  result  of  selective  breeding  (e.g.  pink  zebra  danios  and  white  tigers).  The  current  topic  is  to  give  opinion  about  Dyed/artificial  coloration  of  fish  for  decorative  purpose  so  lets  not  deviate.
 
 My  opinion
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 Artificial  coloration  of  fish  by  dyeing  and  other  means  will  definitely  harm  the  fish's  health,since  it  is  done  by  chemicals  and  lasers  (both  being  harmful).  Doing  this  is  definitely  unethical  and  cruel.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:36 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 If  you  love  fish.  How  can  you  even  think  of  such  a  torture  towards  it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:44 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 Ban  artificially  Colored  fish  and  Banish  those  who  color  them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:52 am Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 I  have  seen  pattern  painted  kissing  gouramis,  fancy  and  tri-coloured  parrots  at  many  LFS  in  Hyderabad.  Felt  really  bad  for  them.  
 
 Only  solution  to  stop  this  cruelty-  Stop  buying  such  fish.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:06 am Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

                                                   
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Ban  artificially  Colored  fish  and  Banish  those  who  color  them.                

 
 I  can  remember  a  line  from  movie  Sathya..  and  that  is  "  Kasai  Bakra  tab  kat  ta  hai....  jab  insaan  usko  khata  hai".  So  to  stop  this  Dyed  Fish  Industry,  there  should  be  some  awareness.  Here  in  India,  99%  people  jumps  into  fish  keeping  and  they  don't  even  understand  keeping  a  pet  dog  and  keeping  a  fish  is  same.  Top  of  that,  another  big  pain  is  our  LFS.  In  India  hardly  we  can  find  an  LFS  owner  who  loves  fish  or  have  minimum  knowledge  in  this  field.  So  if  we  want  to  stop  the  either  we  have  to  spread  the  awareness   or  the  Govt.  should  take  a  strong  step  to  ban  this  (But  it's  next  to  impossible.).
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:12 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 Think  about  the  injected  carcinogenic  dyes.  How  painful  it  could  be.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:17 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 Hello,
 
 Ashwini's  article  is  out.  http://www.mumbaimirror.com/net/mmpaper.aspx?page=article&sectid=2&contentid=20080702200807021317045062cda921
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:25 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 Cleanly  written  article  to  hit  the  bulls  eye.  Great  job  Aswini.  Thanks  Ravi  for  sharing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:47 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 Well  done  Ashwini.  Very  neatly  written  about  the  dirty  colouring  business.  I  think  fellow  members  should  discourage  others  not  to  buy  it  thus  we  can  prevent  its  marketing.  Thanks  Ravi  for  sharing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:38 pm Post subject: Re: Artificially colouring fish for decorative purposes Reply with quote

 If  the  buying  stops,  the  dyeing  will  also  eventually.  
 
 Let's  all  boycot  GM  and  Tattooed  fish.  Just  imagine,  how  painful  a  tattoo  is.....What  the  fish  must  be  going  through.  It  should  me  made  illegal.  Those  who  trade  in  such  specimens  should  be  %*&#@$*&@#$%##@
 
 Fish,  by  themselves  are  so  beautiful......they  come  in  so  many  beautiful  forms  and  colours.  Why  would  anyone  want  to  mess  around  with  their  natural  beauty.  A  true  hobbyist  will  never  indulge  in  something  like  this.
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