12-08-2010, 10:29 PM
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The deed is done...she is gone
Again, thank you for your support through this time of trembling.
My little zebra has passed on, and I believe into the arms of God.
I poured in the 25% of the clove oil/tank water mixture and she seemed very relaxed. When I poured in the two ounces of vodka, one oz and then the other along the bowl side so it sort of slid in rather than create any more trama for zebra. After about 30 seconds I saw her take one gasp of air through her mouth and then gill activity began rythmicxally again, about every thrity seconds whereas, prior to the vodka intro, I saw very little gill activity (some, relaxed, gentle, a whisper really). Then she breathed a little deeper and I noticed her pupils moving some.
I then poured in another 25% of the clove oil/water mix after shaking. After that I poured in 1/2 oz. of vodka (maybe it was too smooth!?!). Gill movement stopped very soon after (about 30 seconds).
It is interesting and touching to me that even though this zebra has been in her own 10-gallon tank for at last eight months, the other fish in my 55-gallon (in eye shot of the 10-gallon) most stood together and watched the whole thing. I have a picture but can't at the moment fide my usb cable.
Will post pics iif anyone wants to see. Just let me know.
Take care and thank you once again for a forum where i could logon in the midst of a tremendously trying momoent, and find friiends.