We just got back from Singapore, where among other things, we visited the Night Safari zoo. There will be a separate post about that. You aren't allowed to take photos during the Night Safari.
However, we did have the fish foot spa after, and we were allowed to take pictures of this.
Surprisingly, I was the one who insisted on our getting the fish spa. But the one who enjoyed it most was Ed, my husband. At the start it really TICKLES, but he didn't seem to be bothered by it at all.
Gara Rufa fish are freshwater carp fish that originate in Turkey. They have no teeth, so they really just suck on your feet. For some 400 years, these fish, which also abound in Syria, Iran, Pakistan and Iraq were used to treat people with skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. In some countries they have whole swimming pools where people can get in and the Gara Rufa suck at their entire bodies.
This would be similar to the tendency of fish to look around rocks and corals for food.
Tonight I touched my husband's feet and they were softer than they had ever been before. So there was some good that came out of it. Certainly, for me it was a very interesting foot massage.
For more info on health and safety issues go to: One article says it's safe, another warns it may not be.
Here is also a video of a swimming pool of these fish where people dip their whole bodies inside: