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post #1 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
EMERGENCY!Need to put my fish down ASAP - how?

One of my male guppies has somehow just got stuck upside down in the back of the filter and when I noticed and got him free, his body is totally bent and twisted, his gonopodium has been half ripped off, and he's laying in the bottom of a jug of aquarium water on one side dying. I want to put him out of his misery, what is the quickest, best way? I have no clove oil :(
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
Should I just take him out of the water?
He keeps getting up off the bottom and having a swim round but I really think he's in too much of a state to survive.
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 04:10 PM
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In this link the freezing method is explained:

How to Humanely Euthanize a Fish

I had to use the feezing method once as I had no clove oil. If you get the water to sub zero before you put your fish in it they will succumb very quickly. Better that than to have him suffer due to the current state he is in. Sorry.

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post #4 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
Thank you. I really don't know what to do, he is alternating between laying on the bottom on one side, and swimming about, albeit unevenly :(
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post #5 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 04:17 PM
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I'm sorry for the situation with your fish. I would recommend ice water.

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post #6 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
Thank you. So do I just put him in ice cold water, or cold water with ice added too?
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post #7 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 04:20 PM
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I would put a container of water, packed full of ice, in the freezer. After about ten to fifteen minutes the water will be cold enough so that when you put your guppy in it death is nearly instant.

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post #8 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
I ran a jug of freezing cold water (it is snowing and ice cold here so the water is freezing anyway) and filled it with ice, then put the fish in with a dark towel over the top. He died instantly. Thanks guys :'(
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 04:34 PM
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You did the right thing and I'm sorry you had to go through this experience.

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post #10 of 15 Old 01-13-2010, 07:12 PM
I'm so sorry about your guppy! I'm sorry you had to go through that!
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