Fish pedicures

The doctor is in … the fish tank!

There is a new trend in pedicures, and it involves using fish to get the job done. These fish are commonly known as doctor fish. During these fish pedicures, clients soak their feet in water filled with tiny swimming carp that munch on the bottom of their feet. Sounds gross, but the trend is already popular in Turkey and some Asian countries.

How the pedicure works is the fish eat away at rough, dry spots on the bottom of your feet. Some think that this method is safer and more sanitary than using a razor to shave off the skin. So far, Virginia is the only state where this fishy pampering has popped up.

Depending on what kind of treatment you choose to receive, you can dip your feet in your own fish tank for 15 or 30 minutes. After that, it is business as usual. That is with a person performing the rest of the pedicure. Some who have had the treatment say it is the best pedicure they have ever gotten. Only time will tell if a fish tank pedicure will swing your way.

We at would love to hear any stories about the new fish pedicure treatment. Does it work or doesn’t it? Tell us!

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3 Responses to “Fish pedicures”

  1. Lucia Says:

    I tried that in one of the High-end hotel in Beijing China. It’s very common in those spas and hotels and also has been existed in Turkey and Asia countries for a long while. Actually, I’m planning to setup business on helping spas and pedicures service stores to have this Dr. Fish tank treatment. If interest, please email me. (


  2. Laure Taylor Says:

    For sanitary reasons, Fish Pedicures have been posted as illegal by most state regulatory boards siting that the fish cannot be disinfected making this an unsanitary procedure. I would urge each licensee to check with thier state board for an update on this procedure.

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