12-04-2006, 05:07 AM
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I understand your feelings of euthanizing the fish. As I mentioned, I am currently treating my angelfish for swim bladder issues for over 4 weeks now. I had the angel for over 7 years already. Fortunately for me, it is able to eat, since I feed it using a turkey baster. Your platy may not be so fortunate. It will constantly struggle to try to swim upright and may not be able to eat. With it not eating, it will eventually get malnourished and waste away.
With my sick angel, I am sure it's not happy because it cannot swim freely and probably is bored in being contained in a small tank (10 gallon) compared to a large tank (125 gallons) from where it came from. Plus it has no interaction with other fish. I keep the lights off in the tank majority of the day, with the exception of the 2 hours each day when I feed, perform water change, and medicate the fish. The reason I leave the light off in the QT tank is to let it rest. With the lights off, it will sleep and not constantly trying to swim upright.
I had high hopes that the angel will get cured, but I'm starting to get back to reality that it will not. I am currently looking to euthanize the fish, using clove oil.