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sorry for not explaining,and providing better help.
you could save some vodka for yourself i guess
i hope that helps you....
Thanks for sharing that. I really had no idea. I think I'd go with the freezing method AND vodka for myself.
I actually put live lobsters in the freezer for about 20 mins. before cooking so that it puts them to sleep. I can't just plunge them into a pot of boiling water or cut them up alive. Way too traumatic even with a good slug or two of vodka.
Come to think of it, I keep my vodka in the freezer as well so it's all relative.
Personally I never use the freezer method. What I do is take the sick fish out and put in a large tub with tank water to avoid shocking, add a few drops of clove oil, and the fish goes to sleep. The clove oil acts as an anaesthetic and in my opinion is the most calming way of euthanising.
Now this may sound cruel but 4 years ago, I had to put a fish out of it's misery. Now, what can be more painless than to get the fish in your hand and throw it like a baseball as hard as you can on a hard surface? I brought mine out the door and in less than a second it was done. The fish didn't fight for oxegen. It was dead the second it hit the pavement. Being that I really liked that fish, I didn't let it suffer one second.
I have heard that "smashing" method being used before, but I think its more along the lines of having a good grip on the fish and hitting it as hard as you can on the edge of a table to break its neck....
I have never had to euthanize a fish, but I did have to euthanize a hermit crab. He had just been in a fight with another hermit and all of his legs had been torn off. I took him out and dropped a ten pound piece of live rock on him...I couldn't bear watching him suffer, and it problably would have been days before he would have died on his own.
I know how you feel, its awful. Poor fishy, but you did the right thing.