Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fish Spa - Be informed

There is so much hype going on about the fish spas around town in KL. I am sure it feels nice to be nibbled gently by these toothless teeny weenies, and I was most tempted to give it a try when I was back. I would have, if it was an individual foot spa, but upon knowing it was shared, I didn't go ahead. Not that it makes any difference, thinking about it now. Same fish, right?

Then I self analyse. What if, someone who is infected, with watnots, e.g. HIV virus, has a wound. Would pass to the fish, fish becomes carrier, and infect one potential customer who may have a little wound. DIE HARD! Now don't take my words for it, this is only my thoughts.

Then a friend of mine in Ipoh, who loves fishes, told me that there are fake ones in the market. The original ones are Garra fish, and many unscrupulous traders use baby tilapias, and these have teeth, they might bite, although you may feel only a little nip.

And two days ago, I received some info in the email. For those who haven't already read about it, digest this before going on a so-called 'pampering' session:

Tilapia, Talapia

Scientific Name

Garra Rufa

Chin Chin Fish (Kiss Kiss Fish), also claimed as Doctor Fish


Doctor Fish

The China breeders wanted to market this fish, named them as Dr. Fish, so it is easier to sell to the market. Chin Chin uses Doctor Fish because Doctor Fish is not trademark or registered.

Who given the name of Dr. Fish

A group of well-known professors after researched has been done. It has been named Doctor Fish before Chin Chin came into the picture for more than a decade.

Chengdu, China


Kangal, Turkey

No Research done


Scientifically proven by many well known universities for its supernatural ability to cure skin problems.

Gained unscrupulous popularity by claiming as Garra Rufa or Doctor Fish to the unknowledgeable market.


More than 100 years of saving many from skin problems.

Just started 2 years ago when the Japanese started the first fish spa in Asia using the only real and original Garra Rufa from Turkey. Apparently, chinese see this a big market and great opportunity for fish spa business across China. However to start fish spa with Garra Rufa, they are dealing with high price and low supply. So, they trained a new fish just for the sake of attacking our skin and call it as Doctor Fish.

Why this fish appear in the market

It appears more than a decade ago and never intend for exporting. Due to a great research white paper done by Austria Medical University (one of the largest medical research university in the world) and published by Oxford University Press, it became popular overnight.

Nothing, Just for fun.

Therapeutic Effect

Helps to relax mind while nibbling, the process also elleviates beautification and smoothness to our skins.

RM 0.40 per fish

Price per fish in the market

RM 30 per fish

Normally at least 10,000 fish is require in fish spa, depending on the setting & customer allowable at a time.

How many fish require in Fish Spa

Normally at least 10,000 fish is require in fish spa, depending on the setting & customer allowable at a time.

RM 0.40 x 10,000 = RM 4,000

How much to invest for a fish spa with this fish

RM 30.00 x 10,000 = RM 300,000.00.

Yes, it is a cannibal fish. It eats each other.

Will the fish die easily

Yes also, depending on the spa set up. It is more into a question of environment adaptability.

It is useless when it reaches about 6cm, the sharp teeth are growing and it could be dangerous. So, Fish spa owner are usually advised to replace with smaller one.

How big the fish can grow

Largest it can grow is only about 6cm - 8cm. It will never cause pain, cause it is always a toothless fish.

RM 4,000 only

What is the risk of fish spa

RM 300,000.00.

Cheap and easier to start a fish spa. Of course there are some fish spa owner was cheated as Garra Rufa. So, when they find out, is too late, they have NO choice but to cheat consumer for the ROI. Worst are for those who known about it, and still telling customer it is Garra Rufa.

Why this fish use in Fish Spa

To provide the BEST and QUALITY fish therapy experience to their customers.

It will tarnish the name and fish spa industry for its non-effective therapy.

Long run usage of this fish

Customers will surely realize the meaning of quality and fish therapy.

By using this fish, it is better for leg only. This fish is more into peeling and not nibbling, that could cause unnecessary pain for our body unless baby fish is use.

Is fish spa for leg or body

It is a tootless fish and the nibbling process is meant for any part of our body. It will NEVER cause any unnecessary pain even the adult fish is use.

This fish peel, which means it will peel off our skins be it a healthy cells or dead cells. It just eat everything.

Nibbling & Peeling

This fish nibble, the suction power does not allow the fish to take off any of our healthy skin, but just the flaky old and dead cells can be remove by this fish.

For you to find out yourself!

Which fish spa uses this Fish in Malaysia

Only a hand full of Establish Fish Spa


Garra Rufa - the Original

Make sure you see the difference!!


miche said...

i tried fish spa at Dr. Fish Melaka, my legs itch a day after that! never gonna try it again!!!

Anonymous said...

In the United States, they only have individual treatments and they are required to change the water between each treatment. You can get a lot of info on this at

NomadicMom said...

I tried it at the Kenko one. Kenko such a big establishment Singapore, KL, Jakarta...used real type of fish from Turkey.

posted some pics of my feet. heeheheh

angeleyes said...

Yikes! Thanks for the info... so I better inspect these fish before I go for a session!

Anonymous said...

anyone know where i can find fish spa in jakarta? please advise me..thank you.