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post #1 of 6 Old 12-16-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation When to pull a sick fish

Hi all, So I have a gourami that became mysterious ill or injured a few days ago. The gist is that he suddenly stopped swimming correctly. He would swirl down as he tried to swim fast(if swimming slowly, he appeared fine). Today he finally is refusing the food I have been hand feeding him, and he has lost a good part of his buoyancy. He is looking worse and worse. I feel so bad for him, as there is nothing I can do for him. I have spent a lot of time in the past few days giving him extra care. So, when is it time to pull a fish? Do you even pull him? I hate to see him suffer. Any recommendations? I am trying to decided which is more cruel- letting him suffer slowly in the tank or flushing him? He obviously is showing no signs of recovery. Help! I am losing sleep over this little guy!
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-17-2013, 08:07 AM
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If you are going to cull a fish, please humanely euthanize it using clove oil first.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-17-2013, 12:39 PM
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There are a number of ways to humanely euthanize a fish, and many more threads outlining them in detail. You can read some of them - they're all the same.

Yes, I pull fish from tanks when they are not acting right. Depending on the individual case, I will either cull it or move it to a quarantine tank for further observation and possible treatment.

I use netting the fish as a barometer of how bad things are. If I can net the fish without it knowing or trying to escape, I will cull the fish. If it takes some work to net it, then I move to quarantine. If it's hard to net the fish, I leave it in the tank

To be honest, I would have culled your fish. There are things I try and treat and there are things I don't bother with. I am quicker to pull the trigger than most - I would rather do it too early than too late.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-17-2013, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Can you tell me more about this? I have never been in this position! BUT- I think I might be able to save him. I think it's just a swim bladder issue. I am going to go home tonite and try peas or daphnia. Been fasting him for a couple days.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-17-2013, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm, I tend to agree. I would rather pull him than risk losing everything in the tank. BUT, I think it might just be a swim bladder issue. Currently trying to get him feeling better. However, if no improvement soon, I think it would be more humane to do what I have to. Thanks so much for your thoughts! This is a great website!
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-17-2013, 07:34 PM
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When we take in a pet, we become responsible for every aspect of their lives - often including their deaths. Even those that let nature take its course are choosing how the fish dies. Pet ownership is not all glitter and rainbows - there are tough decisions to be made. All you can do is what you feel is best - whatever that happens to mean to you.

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