I love tropical fish. I love keeping aquaria. I love working with a tank to create a natural home for the fish, a beautiful artificial world.
But, somehow, it never entered my mind to stick my foot in the tank for a pedicure:
Flesh-eating fish give pedicures
A novel type of pedicure involving live fish which chomp away at dead skin is catching on at a Virginia beauty salon.
Owners of Yvonne Hair and Nails in Alexandria, a suburb of Washington DC, estimate 5,000 customers have so far tried the unorthodox treatment, in which customers immerse their feet in warm water filled with tiny, voracious carp.
The toothless fish, termed garra rufa but known as “doctor fish”, nibble away at dead skin while leaving healthy flesh untouched, providing what advocates say is a natural alternative to potentially unsanitary razors, clippers or pumice stones.
John Ho, who owns the salon with wife Yvonne, said he was initially sceptical about offering the technique, which is popular in spas in Turkey, where the fish come from, as well as parts of Japan, China, Singapore and Malaysia.
”I know people were a little intimidated at first,” he told the Associated Press. “But I just said, ‘Let’s give it a shot.’ “
Gives a whole new meaning to “eat me.”