Nail salon sparks controversy over ‘aquarium’ manicure using live fish

These days our social media feeds seem to be filled with manicure snaps, as people show off their French Tips and colourful talons.

We love to see the weird and wonderful things that nail technicians come up with – but it seems sometimes they might take things a bit too far.

One nail salon has recently come under fire from Instagram users and animal rights organisation PETA after sharing a look at their ‘aquarium’ manicure which uses live fish.

In a video on their account, Nail Sunny (@nail_sunny) showed their 2.1 million followers how they created a mini water tank in an acrylic nail, which they insert a real fish into.

The nail franchise first launched in Russia, has left people fuming over the video, with some branding the manicure “ridiculous” and others saying the nail technician was “out of their mind”.

The clip starts of innocently enough, with a nail being prepped and coated with silver glitter polish.

But it gets controversial when the nail tech starts creating the miniature “aquarium” by adding a long, acrylic tank.

It is painted chrome silver and blue, with a silver shimmer at the base to match the painted nail.

The camera then cuts to show a group of five fish swimming in a shallow container, before one is taken and poured into the tip of the false nail.

The fish is almost as long as the tiny tank and it appears unable to move around in the cramped space.

After posing with the fish inside the nail for a few seconds, it is then returned to the container with the other fish.

At the end of the clip, the fish appear to be in a plastic bag which is placed in a large tank, presumably at a pet store as the salon say they returned the fish after filming.

The post, which has since been viewed more than 184,000 times, was met with furious backlash from those concerned about the wellbeing of the fish.

One person commented to say: “They returned stressed out to the pet store.”

A second said: “So they were bought just to be traumatised then returned because they had no more use to you.”

“You’re out of your mind if you think that this is OK,” proclaimed a third viewer.

Another person insisted the fish needed to swim forward in able to breathe properly.

“This is absolutely ridiculous,” replied someone else.

As well as being criticised by the public, the salon has also been slammed by the director of animal rights organisation, PETA.

Elisa Allen said: “Using animals as if they were nothing more than beauty accessories is sad and stupid.

“There’s no excuse for ripping sensitive fish out of their natural habitats and confining them to tiny, artificial enclosures – let alone ones attached to people’s nails.

“Most people would be horrified to see these little animals floating helplessly in stagnant water.

“And as there’s no way to feed the fish and no way for them to get oxygen, they would inevitably die in a matter of days, if not hours.

“This establishment must be reported to local authorities for cruelty to animals and its access to social media must be suspended while a full investigation takes place.”

Despite this, Nail Sunny claims the fish were “not harmed” during the making of the video.

They said: “The fish were not harmed and returned to the pet store.”