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post #1 of 7 Old 12-13-2010, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Injured Neon Tetra help

I have reset a 29G high tank recently. Yesterday, I bought 10 neons. While tranferring them from the bag to the tank, my hand slipped and the bag collapsed around (I thought) 3 of the fish. I then realized that there was one still in the bag. I got it out and placed it in the tank. It has been acting very strangely since then. It seems partially paralized, unable to stay horizontal, often is upside-down and its body is bent slightly. The only way I know it is still alive, is that its fins are still moving. I don't know if I should euthanize it now or give it more time to possibly recover. I feel like crap that my stupidity is causing this creature so much pain. Any suggestions would be appreciated. By the way, all of the other fish are doing fine.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-14-2010, 03:10 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

We've all killed a fish by accident. I'm not a fan of letting fish suffer, so I would probably euthanize.

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-22-2010, 09:26 AM
how do you euthanize a fish

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-22-2010, 06:39 PM
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Various ways. Sme put them in a small bag of water in the freezer, but I am not partial to this as it draws out the fish's demise and I prefer something very fast. I net the fish out onto a sheet of paper towelling, quickly fold it over several times and hit the "bump" hard with my hand once. It kills the fish immediately and you see nothing. I know of no quicker or more humane way.

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I know of no quicker or more humane way.
I know this going to sound terrible, but in my opinion it meets all the requirements for "humane", at least as I see it. It's fast and effective.

For small fish, I use the garbage disposal. I put the fish in a cup of water, turn on the sink, turn on the disposal and pour the cup in. It's instantaneous, and you don't have to seeit or clean up after it.

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post #6 of 7 Old 12-23-2010, 10:26 AM
well now i know

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-23-2010, 11:25 AM
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well now i know
An ice bath is another good one. Get a cup of ice water, let the water get really cold and then drop the fish in. The temp shock stops the heart and they die within seconds.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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