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Old 12-03-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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Tattooed balloon molly

So, today as I was at a pet store that sold the tattooed balloon mollys and dyed (?) tetras, ADFs, and the GMO glofish in one of their tanks. The mollys had various tattoos, like heart and tiger stripes. One guy walked up to the employee in the fish section and asked if he could special order ones with sports teams names. The employee said yes and asked which team he would like.

Um.... what???? That sounds crazy to me, personally. But, I just couldn't do it. If I had a fish with the colts horseshoe or a UGA bulldog, I don't know if I could live with myself! I love tattoos (I have five so far), but they hurt! A fish that has no comprehension of what is going on getting a tattoo? I would feel bad. It would be like tattooing your dog!

I just felt like rambling and saying my piece... and woah, I have never seen the dyed ADFs before! Or at least I'm guessing they were dyed, maybe more GMOs. They were bright colors, like the glofish, and apparently you can get ones with zebra stripes and all of that, so I guess that would have to be a tattoo?

Edit: took out "more power to you." I don't think it was proper for me to have shown any support to this.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:06 PM   #2
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Oh my gosh! IMO... That's terrible! I can't believe people can be so... superficial (for lack of a better word) that they need to brand their favorite sport's team right smack on the side of a fish.

That's just.. wow.
More importantly, THE FISH MUST BE IN SO MUCH PAIN!
Aw That's not good.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:12 PM   #3
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I know!! I was just in shock and was considering a future purchase of some fish/plants until I came across that tank. And after that conversation? I don't know if I could park my car out front!
I googled what procedure they do to get the tattoos on the fish and I was not pleased. I mean, when I go into a shop to get a tattoo, I don't get suffocated and put in a cage and have someone putting a needle the equivalence to a pencil in me!
Tattoos are for people, not animals.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:29 PM   #4
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Oh my! Yikes! I totally agree.
With humans, people have the choice whether or not they wish to be tattooed with permanent ink. They have the choice to take into consideration the pain that may be endured during the process.

With these poor fish, because a person may think it 'cool' to have a word or design branded across them for their personal enjoyment- they are forced to suffer some fairly harsh pain and they don't even understand why someone has done it to them.

In my opinion, fish are cool enough with their own natural patterns! There are some pretty cool and colorful fish like Platies or male Guppies, or even Neon and Cardinal Tetras that are certainly nice looking enough without any fake heart or tiger designs tattooed on them.

So, that's why I totally agree that tattoos are certainly to be used only on humans, and never animals!
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:32 PM   #5
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Oh yea. I mean, if you have to get something with a word, get a yoyo loach.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:42 PM   #6
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Yeah, Yoyos have really cool patterns! See, there are tons of fish that can look awesome naturally.

Especially Saltwater! Did you see any SW fish tattooed? Because that would be even more rediculous. Most SW fish have really bright and interesting colors and patterns to begin with, I can't imagine hearts or words all over em.
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They tattoo saltwater fish too??? I didn't know this. They had a SW section, but I never really look at SW fish.

I shall Google this.
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Oh, and thanks for the rep point. Wooo! First one<3
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Oh, really, your welcome!!!
And no, I don't know for sure about them tatooing saltwater, I was only asking.
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Well, I didn't find anything on tattooing saltwater fish. But, if they haven't already, I'm sure it will happen too.
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