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post #21 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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I am not much when it comes to diagnosing issues, but I am very skeptical that that is actually from a bite. If I had that fish, I would quickly net it out and destroy it. My biggest fear is health problems spreading.
How would you go about destroying it? Such a sad thing to think about. There is no way I could just squish is, or cut its head off, or smash it against something hard. I have heard all of those methods being useful and I could never do that, even to a fish.

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post #22 of 29 Old 10-20-2011, 07:45 AM
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I've heard that the most humane way to euthanize a fish is with clove oil. You can either put him to sleep with clove oil and then use alcohol to kill it or just overdose on the clove oil.

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post #23 of 29 Old 10-20-2011, 07:47 AM
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Here's a link to a website I found about this:

Humanely Euthanize Fish | How to Put Fish to Sleep Using Clove Oil - Oscarfishlover.com

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post #24 of 29 Old 10-20-2011, 01:10 PM
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I net the fish out onto a paper towel and quickly fold it over and over, then give it a hard whack against a surface like a table. The fish is instantly dead, and this is no more suffering for the fish than netting it out of the tank into a bag. You don't "see" anything through the folds of paper towel, in case that bothers you [it would me, for that matter].

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I net the fish out onto a paper towel and quickly fold it over and over, then give it a hard whack against a surface like a table. The fish is instantly dead, and this is no more suffering for the fish than netting it out of the tank into a bag. You don't "see" anything through the folds of paper towel, in case that bothers you [it would me, for that matter].
Uh, ew... I think I prefer clove oil...

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post #26 of 29 Old 10-20-2011, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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I net the fish out onto a paper towel and quickly fold it over and over, then give it a hard whack against a surface like a table. The fish is instantly dead, and this is no more suffering for the fish than netting it out of the tank into a bag. You don't "see" anything through the folds of paper towel, in case that bothers you [it would me, for that matter].
Definitely not happening lol. I don't mind the seeing part I could just never kill something like that. I'm looking for a way that involves no fish suffering and not me killing it violently.

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I haven't had to look into this lately, thank goodness, but years ago I was told the most humane way was either the overdose of clove oil (which acts as an anesthetic), or affecting anesthesia with clove oil and then freezing.

So I was curious and did a little research on more recent recommendations. Here is the article I found to be most logical and trust worthy:

Aquarius Aquaria - Exploring Fish Euthanasia

If I were to chose a method now, I would go with placing the animal in alcohol (as pure as I could find, perhaps Everclear or 90% isopropyl alcohol available at my work). I would be very careful not to cause undue stress in capture.

Unfortunately, I'm all too familiar with euthanasia because of my job. I applaud anyone who shows animals respect and compassion up to and including the end. Here's hoping for long healthy fish lives!

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post #28 of 29 Old 10-20-2011, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking yes on the clove oil idea. I have read several articles saying how well it works. Will be going to my local health store tomorrow to get some clove oil :(

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I'm thinking yes on the clove oil idea. I have read several articles saying how well it works. Will be going to my local health store tomorrow to get some clove oil :(
Sorry about your fish. You're doing the right thing.

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