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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:39 pm Post subject: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

 Hi  guys,
 
 I  was  wondering  if  anyone  could  tell  me  the  most  humane  way  to  put  a  sick  fish  to  sleep.  Feeding  them  to  a  larger  fish  is  not  an  option  because  I  don't  have  any  bigger  fish.  I  read  somewhere  that  pouring  vodka  into  the  bowl/tank  makes  them  pop  off  peacefully,  but  I  haven't  had  the  guts  to  try.  Any  ideas?  I  don't  have  a  sick  fish  right  now,  but  I've  had  some  bettas  that  just  couldn't  get  well  and  eventually  suffered  and  died  slowly.  Any  advice  you  can  give  me?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:44 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

 put  them  in  a  plastic  bag  and  then  thrash  the  bag  as  hard  as  u  can  on  the  floor
 although  sounds  quite  nasty,  it  gets  the  job  done  the  fastest
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:45 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

 BTW  feeding  sick  fish  to  a  healthy  big  fish  is  a  bad  idea  as  the  healthy  fish  can  actually  contract  the  disease
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:01 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

 Given  a  choice  I  would  rather  not  do  it,  but  sometimes  we  have  to  make  some  tough  decision.  I  always  thought  putting  the  fish  in  the  freezer  will  slowly  reduce  their  heart  rate  and  put  them  to  sleep.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:21 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

 Clove  oil  can  be  used  to  anesthetize  the  fish  and  then  Vodka  to  put  it  to  sleep  forever.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:34 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

 Well  the  topic  title  soon  caught  my  attention,  however,  I  do  agree  that  it  is  quite  difficult  to  put  them  to  sleep  when  really  ill.  I  have  5  tanks  with  various  fishes  n  lost  quite  a  lot   Sad  n  I  know  that  there  will  be  many  more  to  leave  me  as  years  pass  by.  But  I'm  sorry,  I'm  grossed  out  with  headbanger_jib's  suggestion   Shocked     cause  I  see  the  fishes  as  pets.  
 
 However,  I  would  still  read  the  options  the  various  experts  would  give  on  this  topic.  Thanks  for  bringing  it  up.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:52 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

 clove  oil.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:54 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

                                                   
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I'm  grossed  out  with  headbanger_jib's  suggestion   Shocked     cause  I  see  the  fishes  as  pets.                  

 
 Well,  considering  that  Jib's  fish  are  soon  going  to  get  big  enough  to  bite  his  hand  off  (I  think  the  catfish  already  tried  to:)  ),  I  can  see  why  he  does  not  feel  the  same  "sensitivity"  as  you  do  towards  your  discus.  :)
 
 Jokes  aside:  Jib's  points  are  absolutely  correct:
 
 1.  Feeding  a  sick  fish  to  a  larger  fish  is  a  sure  fire  way  of  spreading  the  disease  to  the  larger  (probably  more  expensive)  fish.  
 
 2.  And  it  make  no  sense  trying  to  add  stuff  (vodka,  clove  oil  etc)  to  the  tank  to  kill  fish.  (And  it's  a  waste  of  vodka!).  Those  humane  sounding  long-cuts  are  just  to  make  you  feel  better,  if  you  really  care  about  the  fish,  jib's  method  will  put  the  fish  out  of  its  misery  a  lot  quicker.
 
 Also,  I  always  try  to  cure  the  fish.  Using  a  quarantine  tank  and  giving  it  the  proper  drugs  is  always  the  better  option.  You  try  and  try  and  in  the  end  either  the  fish  gets  better  or  dies.  Euthanasia  does  not  usually  come  into  the  picture.
 
 People  who  consider  about  euthanizing  their  fish  usually  do  so  because  they  no  longer  have  space  to  keep  them  in  their  tanks.  In  this  case,  I  find  it  much  better  to  just  give  the  fish  away  to  budding  hobbyists  of  just  the  LFS.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:03 am Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

                                                   
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I'm  grossed  out  with  headbanger_jib's  suggestion   Shocked     cause  I  see  the  fishes  as  pets.                  

 
 2.  And  it  make  no  sense  trying  to  add  stuff  (vodka,  clove  oil  etc)  to  the  tank  to  kill  fish.  (And  it's  a  waste  of  vodka!).  Those  humane  sounding  long-cuts  are  just  to  make  you  feel  better,  if  you  really  care  about  the  fish,  jib's  method  will  put  the  fish  out  of  its  misery  a  lot  quicker.
 
                 

 
 How  do  you  know  that.  Pouring  a  cap  full  of  Vodka  is  100  times  better  than  to  use  such  barbaric  methods,  IMHO.  If  you  want  to  save  the  vodka  for  me,  then  there  is  always  clove  oil  nearby.   Smile  
 
 How  do  you  do  a  big  fish?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:48 am Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

                                                   
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put  them  in  a  plastic  bag  and  then  thrash  the  bag  as  hard  as  u  can  on  the  floor
 although  sounds  quite  nasty,  it  gets  the  job  done  the  fastest                

 
 Jeez!  I  didn't  have  the  guts  to  pour  vodka  in  the  bowl.  No  chance  I'll  be  able  to  do  this.  I  can  imagine  the  bag  bursting  and  the  fish  getting  stuck  behind  my  TV  or  something.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:32 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

                                                   
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I'm  grossed  out  with  headbanger_jib's  suggestion   Shocked     cause  I  see  the  fishes  as  pets.                  

 
 Well,  considering  that  Jib's  fish  are  soon  going  to  get  big  enough  to  bite  his  hand  off  (I  think  the  catfish  already  tried  to:)  ),  I  can  see  why  he  does  not  feel  the  same  "sensitivity"  as  you  do  towards  your  discus.  :)
 
 Jokes  aside:  Jib's  points  are  absolutely  correct:
 
 1.  Feeding  a  sick  fish  to  a  larger  fish  is  a  sure  fire  way  of  spreading  the  disease  to  the  larger  (probably  more  expensive)  fish.  
 
 2.  And  it  make  no  sense  trying  to  add  stuff  (vodka,  clove  oil  etc)  to  the  tank  to  kill  fish.  (And  it's  a  waste  of  vodka!).  Those  humane  sounding  long-cuts  are  just  to  make  you  feel  better,  if  you  really  care  about  the  fish,  jib's  method  will  put  the  fish  out  of  its  misery  a  lot  quicker.
 
 Also,  I  always  try  to  cure  the  fish.  Using  a  quarantine  tank  and  giving  it  the  proper  drugs  is  always  the  better  option.  You  try  and  try  and  in  the  end  either  the  fish  gets  better  or  dies.  Euthanasia  does  not  usually  come  into  the  picture.
 
 People  who  consider  about  euthanizing  their  fish  usually  do  so  because  they  no  longer  have  space  to  keep  them  in  their  tanks.  In  this  case,  I  find  it  much  better  to  just  give  the  fish  away  to  budding  hobbyists  of  just  the  LFS.
 
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 Hmmmmm....  I  guess  it  does  makes  more  sense,  however,  I  still  try  to  cure  the  fish,  till  date  have  done  that.  Maybe  for  those  who  can't  have  an  extra  tank  to  put  the  sick  fish  might  be  the  way  to  kill  it.  
 
 But  good  to  know  the  various  ways,  though  I  too  agree  not  to  feed  the  sick  fish  to  any  other  fishes  or  even  the  local  cat  running  around   Chuckle  
 
 Btw,  what  do  u  guys  normally  do,  once  the  fish  is  dead?????   Eyebrow   flush  it  down,  put  it  in  the  sea  or  something  else.....  I  used  to  put  them  in  the  mud  back  in  the  garden,  later  realized  the  stench  it  cause  n  some  would  turn  into  a  plastic  fish     Crying or Very sad   
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:46 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

 when  some  of  my  fish  die
 i  just  throw  some  of  my  cool  fish  into  the  freezer,  hoping  one  day  i  let  go  and  throw  it  into  the  dustbin
 some  times  i  just  feel  disgusted  and  throw  them  out  right  away
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 I  still  try  to  cure  the  fish,  till  date  have  done  that.  Maybe  for  those  who  can't  have  an  extra  tank  to  put  the  sick  fish  might  be  the  way  to  kill  it.  
 
 Btw,  what  do  u  guys  normally  do,  once  the  fish  is  dead?????   Eyebrow   flush  it  down                  

 
 Yes,  I  too  try  to  cure  it..  (I  have  a  separate  "hospital  tank"  for  this..I  never  add  any  drugs,  chemicals,  etc  to  the  main  tank..Nothing  besides  salt  that  too  very  very  rarely..)
 
 And,  in  the  end  if  they  do  die..  (I  have  only  lost  a  few  small  fish),  I  just  flush  them  down  the  toilet.
 
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 Fill  a  bucket  with  to  a  few  inches  with  water,  put  in  lots  of  ice  cubes,  so  the  temperature  of  water  is  almost  zero.  Throw  the  fish  in.  It  will  be  dead  within  3-4  seconds.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:31 pm Post subject: Re: Most humane way of putting fish to sleep Reply with quote

                                                   
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Fill  a  bucket  with  to  a  few  inches  with  water,  put  in  lots  of  ice  cubes,  so  the  temperature  of  water  is  almost  zero.  Throw  the  fish  in.  It  will  be  dead  within  3-4  seconds.                

 
 How  about  just  dip  the  fish  in  some  gram  flour  (maida)  batter  with  a  little  bit  of  salt  and  spices,  and  deep  fry  it  in  vegetable  oil  and  serve  with  some  tamarind  chutney?
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