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So I came across an auction on aquabid describing the fish for sale as "FLESH EATNG LOACH USED IN SPAS"...

http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwcyprinids&1236115586

I could only find one thread on the forum that mentioned these fish so I googled it and found a ton of info. Apparently, they only eat dead skin cells and have been known to live in Turkish hot springs where the water is 37c! I don't have Psoriasis but it makes me wonder how profitable a "Fish Spa" can be lol

http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/pfk/pages/item.php?news=759
http://www.psoriasisfishcure.com/
 

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My Red Tail Garras do this to my hands and fingers when I am trimming my plants. It feels weird! :D I end up giggling like a little girl and pulling my hands out after a minute. HA!
 

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We have these same Garrs for sale and I can say that they are extremely hardy and behave very playfully. They eat anything you put in the tank and a lot of it. Slow growers from what I see.

The behavior resembles a loach - schooling, playful and curious.

--Nikolay
 

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I agree with Niko! The are very curious and boisterous fish. As such, I would only put them in a tank with fish that aren't too shy either!

But they do wonders for the hands! :D
 

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I heard about these a while back. Strangely, they're being declared "unsanitary" all over the US:
http://www.spavelous.com/EB/N081024/Garra-Rufa-fish-04.html
It makes me wonder what would happen if these law makers were to discover the existence of carnival port-a-potty's.
We'll have to buy our own private spa fish contingent from Niko if we want to experience the pleasure. ;) Well, at least the crackdown is probably healthier for the fish. I can't imagine a steady diet of dead skin smeared with moisturizers and/or cortisone cream is exactly good for them.
 
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