05-03-2011, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolfess
I don't think my water parameters are important for this question so I won't include them.
Yesterday my green glofish Sprite got caught in the filter, twice. The first time he was just plastered on the outside of the filter vents, like he was just stuck there by the vaccuum (I assume there must be some kind of pull?) My filter is a Tetra Whisper 10i. I've never had this happen before, atleast not that I was aware of. I've seen dead fish stuck on the filter vent before, but I assumed that they died and then got stuck, not got stuck and then died. Anyway so when I saw Sprite stuck like that I first thought he was dead, but then I noticed him breathing and moving his mouth. I unplugged the filter and gently moved him off. He didn't seem right, he wasn't swimming well, leaning too much on one side. But I thought, maybe he will be better tomorrow. Maybe 20 minutes later I check on him and he is stuck again! This time with his body halfway in the filter vents. I unplug the filter again (maybe I should have just kept it unplugged the first time?) and he is able to swim out. But he seems worse now, like part of him got a little mushed. My gut tells me he is just going to die tonight. He acts mostly lifeless, occasionally trying to swim, but mostly laying on decorations or the gravel, on his side. I prepared the freezing method of euthanization per the instructions here, and I let him go.
It is still eating me up inside though, wondering if I did the right thing. Did I make the right judgment call? It was my first time euthanizing a fish. Usually I hesitate too much and they die before I have a chance to put them down. So this was my first. But I just keep wondering, would he have survived? :(
he would have died from stress:( what is this method you are talking about? freezing? how did you do that?