07-11-2010, 08:50 AM
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Have you tried treating him with anything?
Sounds like a swim bladder issue, I've heard that feeding a fish a mashed english pea can work miracles. Never tried it myself. Then again if he's not eating, humane euthanesia might be the best option.
There are a couple schools of thought and techniques.
Arguably, the best way is to sever the brain stem with a sharp pair of scissors...
Of course, these are our pets, and I know that personally I'd never be able to do that.
I use the freezer method, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Get some water (from the fish tank if you like) and place it in the freezer. When it skims over with ice, break the ice, remove the chunks of ice.
Say your final goodbyes, and drop the fish in. It's a quick painless death- their brain simply shuts down in a matter of milliseconds.
I've also put the fish in the freezer, but I think the faster the better probably applies.
There is also a clove oil and vodka method, but unless you have clove oil and vodka on hand it is probably not worth it.
I keep bag buddies on hand (which have a fish sedative) so I use them before the euthanasia, but I have no idea if it makes a difference or not.
We're proud of you for taking this huge step in fishkeeping responsibility. So many people simply let their fish suffer on and on.