Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Excerpt Of An Email From A US Buyer -Please Beware When Purchasing
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"I recently became a victim of an supplier in China who sold me 2000 Garra Rufas but instead sent 2000
Tilapia Rendalli's. Needless to say, U.S. Customs siezed the shipment immediately"
been reading and talking to many people, including the U.S. Customs Police who took my shipment about the recent influx of
"Doctor Fish" being imported into the United States. The experts tell me that there is no such thing
as a Chin Chin or hybrid Gara Rufa. The fishes that are being sold as Chin Chin are simply baby Tilapias. The
U.S. Customs Police told me that they have stopped 90 percent of shipments of fish declared to be "Garra Rufas"
at the United States airports because in reality, the fishes are baby Tilapias. So when suppliers say they are selling
"Hybrid Garras", they are really giving people baby Tilapias. In fact, about 90 percent of the spas in the
U.S. that advertise the use of Doctor Fish are actually using baby Tilapias. Some of these spa owners don't even
know what a true garra looks like.
Tilapia is also refered to as a "trash fish" here
in the U.S. because it is so cheap and is often associated with poverty. The United States Fish and Wildlife Governental
Agency several years ago declared it to be illegal for live Tilapias to be imported to the US because these fishes are so
strong and fast-breeding that they kill most of the local fishes in the rivers and ponds. This is what is refered to
as "invasive species"-- species that threaten the local animal population and thus threaten the local ecosystem.
Although what happened to me several days ago with the fish shipment sounded humiliating, I was actually lucky the Customs
Police did not handcuff me and take me to jail. Please warn your customers in the U.S. who are thinking about
buying "Chin Chin"-- they could possibly get arrested and end up in jail for a couple of days."
Saint Petersburg, FL
Friday, January 23, 2009
A NEW YEAR!
Hi everyone. I have been busy with my breeding programme as I have added many more fishes to
our breeding stock. We are in the midst of expanding our facility. We also have been busy with consulting and
building some spas in Malaysia and also in Thailand. Sorry for all those who have written to me, I still owe you
some quotations, my partner has come down dengue and has been out of action for about 1 weeks now. He is finally up and running
and is working on the quotations and designs as I am typing this. Its going to be Chinese New Year soon, so I am taking this
opportunity to wish all our customers Happy Chinese New Year and lot of good fortune for the year ahead!cheers....
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Friday, September 26, 2008
Home Fish Spa
Hi everyone. It has been more than a month since my last post. Been busy with breeding and setting up
of more breeding ponds.
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There have been a number of inquiries about setting up home fish spas. At the moment we
regret to inform that we can only do so for households in the Klang Valley but we can try to give you some
advise on how to set up your ponds for those of you who are from outstation. Those who already have ponds in your
homes and want to include the Dr Fish in your ponds, it can be easily done with a bit of modifications to the filter system.
We would need to look at your existing system and will recommend to you what changes needs to be made. Any of you who
want to build new ponds, we do provide pond building and design services as well.
There are also some of you who
instead of getting ponds built in your gardens, have decided to buy custom designed tanks or fiber ponds. We have helped
to set up a few of those too. Tanks can be custom made to your specifications with the required filteration systems.
For more information you can contact Elvin Saw.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Pictures of Garra Rufa on Websites
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I know! I know!, i need better pictures on my website, but what can I do, cant afford an expensive
camera:) Will try to get a friend to come help me take some better pictures.
Been surfing the web, looking for
more websites on Garra Rufa and I came to realise, that many of those websites offering Garra Rufa, in fact dont even have
pictures of the real fish. Some of the pictures of the fishes in the spa, if you look closely are pictures of Chin Chin from
There has been a sudden interest in Garra Rufa, and judging from the emails I have been getting, there
are lots of you who want these fishes either for a spa business or for your own homes. I am sorry that I cannot meet the demand
currently as there are too many people and not enough fishes. We are still increasing our production every month, so hopefully
we will be able to supply more soon.
Those wanting to purchase Garra Rufa, a word of caution, there are many people
passing off other fishes as Garra Rufa, so please buy from someone you can trust. You will end up having to replace the fishes
later if you have not gotten the correct fish.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Are You Paying For Garra Rufa?
12:57 am cst
Recently with the shortage of Garra Rufa in the market, there are exporters who are offering fishes at much
lower prices but please do check to determine that you are in fact buying and getting the Garra Rufa. Some exporters
who dont have the Garra Rufa will supply you fishes that they term as "Spa Fish", which can range from
a number of different fish breeds. Some costs as low as USD0.20 each. So please becareful when purchasing.
Monday, July 28, 2008
We do export but to limited locations. We need your location and the nearest airport for us to quote. We do
ship to the US and to Europe. Our minimum order is 1,000 fishes. thank you.
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Sunday, July 27, 2008
There should be more than 1,000 babies today ;) They are everywhere. Took me hours sorting them out. Happy
to report that most of females are still pregnant. I am waiting for more babies in the coming days! There has been
so much interest from everyone and I would like to thank all of you for visiting my website and for you kind words. I would
also like to apologise for not having the time to reply to everyone. I will try to have more information here, to answer all
3:06 am cst
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Where to buy fish?
For those who have emailed and asked about buying small number of fishes (less than 100 pieces), you can contact
Taman Desa Aquarium, speak to Elvin Saw, he can get you some. He can also hook you up with the proper aquarium and advise
you as to what else you would need to use, eg. filter, UV, ph buffer. His contact is enclosed.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Emails & Questions
Firstly, I need to apologise to everyone who has written to me as I have not had the time to reply to many
of your email. I will get around to them eventually. Sorry for the delay as I am pretty busy with my Garra Rufa breeding.
11:05 am cst
For those who have enquired as to how they can buy some fishes, I will be posting on this website an address and contact,
for those who want to buy less than 100 pieces. I will do this once I have supplied them with some fishes, which would
be in about 2-3 weeks time. For those who want to buy more, or those who want to stock their spas, feel free to
email me, and I will try to reply soon. I will have more fishes for sale soon and I would like to thank those who have
purchase fishes from me, and I hope you will have as much fun with them as I had breeding them.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Pond Breeding Success
Fishes are breeding and I have seen little babies but because they are so small, taking sometime to actually
harvest them. Will decide to wait a couple of weeks before removing them from the pond. Another set of adults would be ready
for breeding next month, and another pond is ready for them. The others that have been kept all this while in tanks shall
be maintained there.
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