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Dyed Fish

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Everything about dyed fish
Here is some information on dyed fish that novice parrot keepers may want to know. Jelly bean parrots are almost always dyed. Any fish with a candy or fruity sounding name, such as mixed berry tetras, are dyed fish. These are fish whose colors do not appear naturally in the animal world.
Fluorescent colors such as bright green, bright pink, blue, purple, etc. are not natural. These fish have been dyed in a process that first strips them of their protective slime coat. This is done by dipping the fish in acid. When the slime coat is removed they are then injected with dye with needles. Sometimes they are just injected with color, other times they have tattoo-like designs or patterns. This procedure is very dangerous and many fish die from it. The strong ones that survive may have shorter lives or damaged internal organs.

The dying process
The dying process is senseless and painful. The fish will eventually lose their dyed color and turn a natural color that they should be anyway. Dying is inhumane and senseless torture to the fish since the color will be lost anyway. Normal parrot fish colors are light yellow, orange or deep red. Baby parrots start out a dull grayish green color and some have stripes. They look much like a very small green severum, except for their hump back. As the fish matures, the color will start to look like it is disappearing. You will see some areas that look like their is no color. Sometimes the fins will look clear or slightly tinted. Irregular marks will appear with no color or a yellow, orange, or red. This will continue until eventually all the dark areas are gone. Some parrots will turn yellow, and then orange.

Black spots
Sometimes your parrot will look like he has "black spots". This will appear and disappear as your fish is changing color. Your fish is not sick, he is just not sure what color he is yet. Make sure to keep your water clean so your fish are healthy.

External Links
How Fish Are Dyed[1]
How Parrots' Tails Are Docked[2]

Comments

First of all I want to point out that dyeing fish Is very cruel with at least a 50% chance of death and no lasting effects.
First, while the fish are still juveniles and don't have much of an immune system, the fish is dipped in an acid base. They do this so that they can strip the fish of their protective slime coating.
Then they either, using a syringe, inject the fish with color for an all-over coloring or they use a needle to tattoo the fish with specific designs to catch the eyes of potential buyers.
If the fish makes it through that process it will be kept until the breeder/dyer can sell it to a store. This process is continued even though it is proven to have no lasting effects and shortens the fishes life from a potential 5 years to 2 or less years. Add all of that plus the fact that dyed fish are more expensive than natural colored fish.
If you share my opinion that this is a cruel and torturous practice all you have to do is ask an employee of the store if the fish are dyed and they will tell you and or find out for you. Thanks for reading!!!
Lacy

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