Sabtu, 25 Desember 2010


What Are Garra Rufa?

Garra Rufa are small tropical fish that live in the river basins of Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. They live and breed naturally in the hot water spas of Turkey and it was here that their amazing skin-treatment properties were discovered.

What Do They Do?

Garra Rufa are like combfishes. They consume affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the remaining healthy skin to flourish. They gently nibble at your feet and hands, removing all rough patches and providing a deep cleansing treatment. Your skin afterwards will feel revitalised and softened. Garra Rufa are known as "Doctor Fish" because with regular treatment they can greatly improve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
A massage after your Garra Rufa treatment complements the deep cleansing of the fish with the stimulation of blood circulation and acupressure points.

What About Fish Welfare?

The well-being of our fish is our top priority. Our staff are fully trained by OATA (Ornamental Aquatics Trade Association) in Water Quality and Water Filtration for tropical fish. We use the minimum of Garra Rufa per treatment to ensure they are never overcrowded. The fish are rotated on a regular basis so that all fish rest for 24 hours after every treatment session. Our tanks are cleaned and monitored meticulously to ensure the Garra Rufa live in optimum conditions.
All customers will have their feet washed beforehand to ensure there is no excess of products such as moisturiser or nail varnish remover that could potentially harm the fish.
We only purchase Garra Rufa from a local, OATA registered breeder.
We are one of the few spas in the UK that applies such attention to our fish welfare .

What About Hygiene?

Each client is given an individual treatment tank for their treatment. The fish that are used for this treatment are then quarantined for 24 hours to ensure no contamination can take place between customers. We do NOT allow customers to share tanks.
Customers who have athletes foot will not be permitted to use the Garra Rufa pedicure treatment.

About Garra Rufa Fish

Garra Rufa fish originally come from the warm waters of Kangal, Turkey. For hundreds of years local people have used the Garra Rufa fish for the treatment of numerous varieties of skin disorders, including psoriasis, eczema, hard skin and acne.

How do the Garra Rufa fish do it?
These amazing Garra Rufa fish gently suck the dead skin from the outer layer of the body but leave the under layer skin aside. During the removal of the dead skin, it is said that their saliva has a therapeutic enzyme called dithranol, which aides in healing and vitalizes new skin growth. The new skin feels softer and healthier than before.

What Does a Fish Pedicure Feel Like?
The pedicure is painless, place your feet in the warm water and immediately your feet are enveloped by hundreds of the silvery orange-tinged Garra Rufa, also known as nibble fish, kangal fish, little dermatologists, doctor fish and doctorfishen.

The fish masseurs gently suck the skin. The feeling is ticklish, even pleasant, though it can take a few minutes to get used to.

Once you have passed the point of feeling ticklish, the fish begin to act as a stimulating, relaxing massage with over 100 of them running their little suction cup mouths along your feet and toes. Rest assured these inch-long fish have no teeth!

It is a natural way to exfoliate the skin. This method is good for people who suffer from psoriasis and other conditions that cause dry, flaky skin, like eczema. Because the Garra Rufa fish only eat the dead skin cells there is no danger of getting an infection or other diseases. This exfoliation process is natural and it works!

The water is treated with Ultra Violet Sterilizers to kill bacteria and the tanks are equipped with a specially designed filtering system to control PH level, stabilize ions and sift out big particles like fish food, fish waste etc

beauty treatment

A beauty treatment which is popular around Europe, Asia and in part of the United States has arrived in Newcastle.

Garra Ruffa fishPedicures and manicures that use special fish are an alternative way to get rid of dead skin.
Tiny Garra Rufa fish, or "doctor fish" as they are affectionately called, are a type of toothless carp that nibble on the dead skin.
It may also ease the pain of those suffering from uncomfortable skin conditions like psoriasis.
Suction-shaped mouths
A salon in Newcastle, Foot Love, now offers the service where Garra Rufa fish exfoliate the feet when immersed in water.
All 500 fish swim around the tank and gently suck at the feet and between the toes using suction-shaped mouths to remove dead skin.
In just 15 minutes they can get rid off three layers of dead skin.
Sarah Phillipson from Foot Love explains how the idea came about:
"My brother and his girlfriend went to Thailand last year and had it done over there.
The fish help people rejuvenate their tired feet
"They thought it would be a brilliant idea to bring it home with them."
BBC Newcastle's Sophie McDonnell went to try it and explained how it felt:
"It was very bizarre, there were 500 fish eating dead skin around my feet - once you get over that thought it's a lovely sensation.
"If you don't look down then it feels like a foot spa.

Rabu, 22 Desember 2010


Doctor fish is the name given to two species of fish: Garra rufa and Cyprinion Macrostomus. Other nicknames include nibble fish, kangal fish,little dermatologists and doctorfishen; in non-medical contexts, Garra Rufa is called the reddish log sucker. They live and breed in the outdoor pools of some Turkish spas, where they feed on the skin of patients with psoriasis. The fish are like combfishes in that they only consume the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow, with the outdoor location of the treatment bringing beneficial effects. The spas are not meant as a treatment option, only as a temporary cure for symptoms, and patients usually revisit the spas every few months. Some patients have experienced complete cure of psoriasis after repeated treatments, but due to the unpredictable nature of the disease, which is strongly influenced by endogenous factors, this may simply be regression towards the mean.

Garra Rufa occurs in the river basins of the Northern and Central Middle East, mainly in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. It is legally protected from commercial exploitation in Turkey due to concerns of overharvesting for export. Garra Rufa can be kept in an aquarium at home; while not strictly a "beginner's fish", it is quite hardy. For treatment of skin diseases, aquarium specimens are not well suited as the skin-feeding behavior fully manifests only under conditions where the food supply is somewhat scarce and unpredictable.
In 2006, doctor fish spa resorts opened in Hakone, Japan, and in Umag, Croatia, where the fish are used to clean the bathers at the spa. There are also spas in resorts in China, such as Hainan, Belgium, The Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore, Slovakia, Surat(INDIA) and Malaysia. In 2008, the first widely known doctor fish pedicure service was opened in the United States by John Ho in Alexandria, Virginia and later in Woodbridge, Virginia, and has trademarked the treatment name of 'Dr. Fish'. The first Skin Therapy clinic using Garra Rufa fish in Ireland (Limerick) was opened in 2008. These little dermatologists are used there to give relief to people with various Skin Disorders, including Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis.

Carring for Garra rufa

The Killing Factor

High Ammonia & Nitrate levels are the Number 1 KILLERS of Garra Rufa. Ammonia Spikes can kill very large amounts or all the Garra Rufas in a matter of minutes. This is where the tank’s filtration system comes into helping our little Garra Rufa fishes. The right filtration setup will help reduce & balance the amount of Ammonia and Nitrate levels.

The Correct Filtration

The Right Filtration System is one that filters and treats the water in the tank efficiently. For business setup, you will need to allocate a large enough space for the filtration system to keep our Garra Rufa fishes happy & safe. The list of basic equipment which you will need are as follows:

      Water Pump Filter (Internal Filtration System)
      Temperature Regulator
      Air Pump (ac/dc)

The power of the pump is to be calculated according to the specifications of your tank. It will pump water into the UV-Filter which is actually the key to ensuring that these Garra Rufa fishes get the freshest water every time. The UV-Filter ensures that germs & bacteria in the water that pass through it are killed immediately before the water reaches the main area of the tank.

Along the Filtration System's Box or Compartments, there should be Ammonia rocks, Bio Ceramics Rings, Charcoal(known as Carbon) and Sea Corals.

An O3 (ozone) system can be installed for extra Ammonia reduction & sterilization of water.  However, this equipment is not compulsory as you already have the UV-Filter.

The UV-Filter kills 99.99% of germs & bacteria that passes through it and this is vital for the hygiene of both fishes & humans using them. Setting of water has to be done carefully and temperature has to be set at a minimum of 34 Degrees Celsius on the Temperature Regulator.


About fish species and the patients
Featured by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Levent Undar, the Faculty of Science, Dr. M. Ali Akpinar and Dr. Atilla Yanikoglu, Deparment of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Deparment of Biology of Cumhuriyet University, 58040 Sivas - Turkey.
Doctor Fish
PATIENTS with chronic, intractable disease tend to seek help from a wide range of alternative sources. But among the more bizzare is the treatment given by the socalled doctor fish of KANGAL. These fish can be found in the pools of a hotspring near Kangal, a small town in Turkey. The area is also known for the Kangal dog, a sheepdog, and a sheep with an extra rib. The spring is 13 km from Kangal in a tiny settlement, consisting of a hotel, some pensions, a camping area, a small restaurant, a market and four bathing pools, three of which are open-air. The pools have concrete walls and floors paved with pebbles and drain into a stream which runs between the buildings. The water, with a pH of about 7.2, is isothermal and maintains a temperature of about 35 ° C throughout the year. It has features which make it drinkable
The presence of selenium (1.3ppm) has been emphasised for its biological and therapeutic aspects
The springs were first noticed by people from neighbouring villages in the early 1800s.
The pools were built in 1900, and were opened to the public in 1963 
The water has been reported as being beneficial in rheumatic disease, neurologic disorders (neuralgia, neuritis, paralysis), orthopaedic and traumatological sequelae (fractures, joint trauma, and muscle disease), gynaecological problems (by lavage), skin diseases, urolithiasis (by drinking), and psychosomatic disorders (a report from the Clinic and Institute of Physical Therapy and Hydrology, Faculty of Medicine Ankara University, March 2, 1967). But psoriasis is the disease which has made the spring so popular as a therapeutic aid 
  • The fish strike and lick the psoriatic plaque - or plaques of other skin diseases - which have been softened by the water.
  • This clears away the scales, causes minor bleeding, and exposes the lesion to water and sunlight.
  • This may also cause drainage of pus in patients with abscesses.
  • The high level of selenium in the water, an element the topical application of which is beneficial in some diseases, is reported to be    the        most   important factor for wound healing 
  • Selenium is a co - factor for glutathion peroxidase, an enzyme protecting cells against the effects of free radicals
  • This may also explain the beneficial effects of water taken by drinking or by lavage in gastrointestinal and gynaecological disorders.
  • Observers, other than those from Turkey, reported that bathers were enthusiastic about the doctor fish and none expressed disappointment
  • Wide interest in the doctor fish encourages people with neurological and rheumatic diseases to visit the hotspring to immerse themselves in its pools.
A school of fish surround the body and strike and lick it. The initial pleasant sensation and relaxation of “micro-massage” is replaced by a tingling sensation over the skin.This massage is given particularly by the younger fish, which need many more nutrients for their rapid growth. It may be that, in addition to the benefits of hydrotherapy from the hotspring, there is a psychological component to this massage which generates a feeling of wellbeing in patients with neurologic and rheumatic diseases, and with traumatic diseases, and with traumatic sequalae.
The faith of desperate patients in these sacred fish, and the experience of being in a different environment may also contribute to this feeling of wellbeing.
  • Not only the ill, but also the healthy, visit the spring to consult the doctor fish.
  • People with healthy skin probably benefit by the fish clearing away hyperkeratinized portions of their skin.
  • Two types of fish are involved. Both are members of the Cyprinidae family and are adapted to living in a hot milieu 
  • The so-called striker is Cyprinion macrostomus macrostomus.
  • It has a terminal mouth and a length of 15 to 20cm.
  • It is covered with relatively large scales, and has six to eight irregularly arranged lateral spots of various sizes.
  • The second fish, known locally as a licker, is Garra rufa obtusa.
  • It has a crescent-shaped ventral mouth and a maximum lenght of 19cm. Its body is also convered with large scales
The so-called jabbers are not a third type of fish but the immature from of the strikers, which lose their lateral spots during maturation (vi). Both fish are omnivorous, a well-known feature of Cyprinidae (vii), and feed on phytoplankton and zooplankton. But only small amounts of plankton have been found in the pools (i). This is said to retard the growth and development of the fish, making them aggressive and predatory (viii). In winter when the pools are uncrowded the fish look for food like a flock of hungry sheep. In summer, they assault the human bodies in the pools (i). They prefer to attack diseased rather then healthy skin simply because it is easier to nibble at it. It has been shown experimentally that food deprivation is the reason why the fish eat off man (i).
Fish starved for 21 days in an aquarimun have been observed to search for food and to strike out at, not only a hand, but also anything immersed: for example, a pencil, or an insect. Fish fed adequately in an aquarium did not do this. The effects of these feeding habits and the high temperature of the water on the internal biochemistry of the fish has also been investigated (viii), (ix).
The role the doctor fish can play in therapeutic medicine deserves proper study.
(i) Fen Bilimleri Dergisi (Sivas), 1987, Supplement 5,1 (abstract in English)
(ii) Ankara Bilgi Basimevi, 1969 (in Turkish)
(iii) Science, 1983, 220, 472.
(iv) The Lancet, 1989, ii, 1093.
(v) Vet Facult Dergisi (Ankara), 1983, 30, 276 (abstract in English)
(vi) The Lancet, 1990, i, 470.
(vii) Fish nutrition, New York,
(ix) Doga Tu Biyol Dergisi (Ankara), 1989, 13, 57 (abstract in English).
Dr. Undar is associate professor of internal medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, and Dr. Akpinar and Dr. Yanikoglu are with the department of Biology in the Faculty of Science and Art, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey.

Doctor Fish Garra rufa Business Opportunity

Hotspring fish (it is also called doctor fish, spa fish, Garra rufa fish) has great treatment and healthy function to body, they also have strong ability of tolerating high temperature, they can still live when the temperature of hot spring reaches 43. When people go to hot spring pool, the doctor fish will go round you and begin to kiss your skin. They can completely get rid of skin smear and aging cortex and they also can make your pore unobstructed to promote blood circulation. The obvious treatment function of joy fish is to protect and beautify skin. After enjoying doctor fish treatment, your skin and face will look healthier, fresher and more brilliant. The other treatment of doctor fish is to release fatigue. When you put your body into hot spring where there are doctor fish, you will enjoy a comfortable and different and wonderful feeling which you can not describe in words,the fish can kiss and massage body of people in hot water, the fish can clearn skin-trash on body.

The fish can treat much unknown skin-illness which can not be treated well by contemporary medical science. so the function of fish is not only to amuse people and let people enjoy fish massage, but also treat skin-illness, skin-scar. The result of the fish treatment is very obvious.

The unique effectiveness of fish treatment and massage:

•    the good effectiveness of rejuvenation: these fish can completely get rid of skin smear and aging cortex. They also can make your pore unobstructed to promote blood cirtulation. Moreover, it has the function of protecting skin and beautifying face to make your skin healthier and more brilliant..

•    the good effectiveness of releasing fatigue: the suck by these fish can stimulate acupuncture point and modulate nervous system to relax your body and release your fatigue.

•    the unexpected and perfect enjoyment: during the process of fish treatment, you can enjoy a comfortable and wonderful feeling which you can not describe in words. People will not feel the slightest pain or discomfort, but a fascinating feeling when the “joy fish” are nibbling your skin and massage your body. These “joy fish” will bring no harm to you because they are tame and small.

•    the unique effectiveness of physiotherapy and treatment: it is a kind of biological therapy, and can cure various skin diseases. This kind of natural treatment has unique effectiveness for the common skin diseases with no side effects. It was proved by experiment that the joy fish will not infect any disease.

•    ecological recreation and nature return:harmony between human and nature is compatiblewhile people swimming and playing with the joy fish. People can realize the goal of health promotion during the process of healthy recreation.

The special features of this project:
Novel and interesting; unique and magical; comfortable and wonderful; skin-protecting and face-beautifying; physiotherapy and treatment; ecological and natural recreation; safety without side-effects.

Project introduction:
The Turkish fish treatment and massage( or Turkish hot spring “fish treatment”) is a magical and unique hot spring amusement. The project of fish treatment and massage adapts to most natural hot springs and all artificial hot springs. These fish have the ability of tolerating high temperature( 43°c ), and they have the propensity of body- approaching. While this kind of three to four centimeters long fish which was cultivated by unique techniques and trained by unique methods were put into hot spring pool, they will clean skin and massage for people. In this way, ecological recreation and warm spring recreation were organically combined together. This is a totally new recreation and amusement project. Its concept of “nature, ecology, environment protection, health and recreation” represents the trend of the development of the times. The promotion of this project will surely brings innovation in the patterns of the warm spring recreation.

The benefit of investment:
The successful cases in domestic markets of Indonesia show that the establishment of the fish treatment and massage project can significantly enhance the popularity of hot springs center. Moreover ,the project can effectively increase more than 30% amount of customer flow. The investment recovery period is generally within three months along with its own earnings of the project.

The investment modes:
The project of fish treatment and massage adapts to all hot spring, water recreation club, bathing center, hotel, and entertainment center etc. The project can be quickly formed by making use of existent hot spring or bathing equipment and slightly modifying them. The investment ways are various without restriction. Our company will provide the following services to the vast number of investors:

1.    Help our clients establish fish treatment projects, and ensure the success.
2.    The sale of joy fish fry. Furthermore, we are sincerely looking forward to waiting distributors around the world to join us. We welcome clients to join us and operate this project together with our company.

We sincerely welcome all investors who are interested in this project to learn more details and discuss investment issues through email or phone.

The special features of this project :
Novel and interesting; unique and magical; comfortable and wonderful; skin-protecting and face-beautifying; physiotherapy and treatment; ecological and natural recreation; safety without side-effects.

General conditions and care about pleco

General conditions and care:
Planted tanks. Most have fairly soft water (GH and KH around 4-5 degrees), and temperature varies from room temp to 80*F. Whenever I could ID a Loricariad (Planet Catfish) I would try to put it in the tank with the right temperature.
All tanks have driftwood, or bark, usually of hardwood trees. (Quercus douglasi or lobata, Lagerstroemia indica, and Arctostaphyllos mostly)
Feeding includes a wide range of flakes, pellets and wafers based on whole fish and shellfish, spirulina and other algae with a minimum of grain, and never fish meal. frozen and fresh foods including vegetables (cooked until barely tender), and home made food that usually falls apart as the fish attack it. For a slow eating rasping fish this frozen food is probably not the best.
Unless I directly saw a fish eating any of these foods I have no idea which fish liked or did not like any specific food. Usually I would find the Loricariads latched onto the vegetables and wafers. They would also work on shrimp pellets pretty well. The ones that eat algae would usually work on the flat stuck on sorts including diatoms, but would not usually eat hairy or stringy sorts of algae. I do not know that any eat Cyanobacteria.
Many of them would keep the wood polished, but the wood never seemed to get smaller, suggesting that the fish were eating something growing on the wood, and ingesting just a tiny amount of the wood almost by accident. I did notice that the mottled pattern on the Lagerstroemia went away, as if it was being eaten. Other Loricariads really are wood eaters, and I would suggest offering a couple of different woods in the tank.

I have tried keeping quite a few of the reasonably priced Loricariads, and found that some lived a long time, but others were almost impossible.

Gold Nugget: I know there are at least 3 species (L-numbers) and I do not know which I had. They all died within a month. I offered a wide range of foods, but none of them made it.

Farlowellas, probably F. acus, but who knows? Thrived in tanks with driftwood, and the driftwood was kept clean. Were they eating the wood itself? Or something growing on the wood?

Sturisoma nigrirostris: Discus tank (80*F) with driftwood, and the Sturisoma kept the driftwood clean. Same Q as the Farlowella

Royal Pleco, One of the striped Panaque like P. nigrolineatus, but mine did not have red eyes. He ate Oak bark. In just a couple of years he pared it down from 1' diameter x 2"+ thick, and very lumpy to such a thin sheet that it fell apart one day when I moved it to clean behind.

Pekoltia sold as Clown Plecos and Candystripe P. maccus? Definitely wood eating fish. Most memorable one would hang out on the underside of a driftwood arch, and I was always vacuuming brown poop that sure looked like digested wood. Success was spotty with these, some living for a few years, others not surviving very long.

Bristlenose: Albino, Harlequin and regular Bristlenose, all lived on any sort of flat algae, vegetables and whatever else was in the tanks. I still see them now and then, cleaning away... They do not eat black brush algae.
I think I have more than one species, the pattern of bristles is different.
A different BN, the squat almost triangular one. A. ranunculus? Did not live long.

Otos: Love brown algae (Diatoms) and will attempt almost any sort of flat algae. Also like vegetables. Especially fond of green beans, cut French style, so the fish can get at the tender part first.

Zebra Oto O cocama I am almost sure this one ate some staghorn algae, also similar to the regular Otos, all sorts of algae and vegetables.

Rineloricaria sp. Great algae eaters in a cool to medium temperature tank, not as small as Otos, so not for nano tanks, but great in tanks from about 15 gallons and up. I have not seen them eating wood, though one of mine hangs out on the driftwood, occasionally, so I cannot rule it out. They do eat vegies.

Queen Arabesque? Black with very fine white stipling, like a brindle colored dog, but much denser. I have no idea what this one eats, but I keep seeing it hanging on to the driftwood.

Gold with charcoal spots. Look at the back of TFH, Nov. 2010. The one on the left. Again, I have no idea what he ate, but he lived for a long time, hiding in the back of the tank. This one was very fond of eating floating fish food, too, and would swim upside down at the top of the tank to eat flakes.

"Regular" or "common": Albino, the typical dark black/charcoal with lighter banding or mottling and another one sold as common, but closer to solid black with minimum of banding, leaner than the usual 'common' : These have lived the longest in the tanks, and have kept them clean of algae, kept the driftwood polished. In my experience they have not latched on to the sides of flat sided fish, but I feed an abundance of food, including carnivore wafers that may have given these guys the protein they needed. Some of these would also swim at the top of the tank to get flake foods.
These guys do get large, so I have quit buying them, after returning more than one to the LFS.

Jenis - Jenis Ikan Garra Rufa

Quite possibly, a fish fitting this description may not in fact be a loach at all, but a member of the Garra family. These are SE Asian fish and occasionally get mistaken for loaches. Below are a few examples. There are very many species, so it is advised that one researches the species one has,

Garra Ruffa

Garra flavatra
Garra annandali

Garra cambodgiensis
Garra ceylonensis
Garra gotlya
Garra fuliginosa
 Garra congoensis

Sabtu, 18 Desember 2010


 New Stock Garra rufa 
ukuran 1.25"/3CM 2000e  LAGI
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Rabu, 15 Desember 2010

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