Doctor Fish (Garra rufa)


A lively and effective grazer and scavenger, the Doctor Fish or Pedicure Fish is found in watersheds throughout the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean but is now bred commercially for the aquarium trade. A small, hardy, loosely schooling species, the Doctor Fish gets its name for its use in so-called “fish spas” in Asia, where human clients can get “pedicures” from large numbers of these fish, which will actively graze on dead skin when hungry. In the aquarium, they make an excellent algae eater and grazer but should be provided with a varied diet including plenty of protein. A social species, they will do best in groups of 3-5 or more.

Due to their sensitive nature and specialized care requirements Doctor Fish (Garra rufa) are not eligible for our guarantee. 


Doctor Fish (Garra rufa)

Origin: Aquacultured Asia
Diet: Omnivore and grazer, will readily accept most frozen and prepared foods.
Adult Size: 4.5″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 Gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful, best kept in groups of 3 or more

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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