Detox for fish turned pink by neglectful owner’s Skips-only diet

A tropical fish has been put on a diet by staff at the Sea Life London Aquarium – after her previous owner fed her on prawn cocktail Skips.



Her junk food lifestyle hadn’t just left her green around the gills – she had turned pink from the colouring in the crisps.

But now staff have put her on a healthy diet of grapes and bananas, she is back to her natural shade of grey.

Gerty the Gourami fish was given to the aquarium when, at 16 inches long and 9lb, she grew too big for her owner’s tank.

Sea Life London now has a whole display dedicated to “tank-busters” – fish donated by private owners after they grew too big for their homes.

Curator Jamie Oliver said: “I have never heard of a fish being fed crisps.

Gouramis usually eat a diet of fruit and vegetation but fortunately Gerty doesn’t appear to have suffered any ill effects from her unhealthy addiction. However, we would not recommend feeding fish crisps of any kind.”

Read more at London24



Zoah Hedges-Stocks is a journalist looking for opportunities in digital journalism in London. She read History at Cambridge University, where she was twice Editor-In-Chief of The Cambridge Student. She is currently writing a dreadful novel, and is keen to take on any freelance writing assignments that you might like to throw her way. Twitter: @zoah_hs

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