Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
All the excitement happens while I was sleeping.
Anyway, as the OP mentioned, they have no clove oil. I suggested essentially the only other humane way of euthanising fish unless you seek veterinary assistance. While I hate doing it, it's selfish of me to let my pets linger because I'm uncomfortable.
These are the most humane ways of euthanasia as outlined by the AVMA
"Presently, the AVMA accepts the following methods of euthanasia as humane for fish: pithing/brain destruction, CO2, injection of sodium pentobarbital, immersion in tricane methane sulfonate, immersion in benzocaine hydrochloride, immersion in 2-phenoxyethanol, anesthesia followed by decapitation/pithing, and decapitation w/pithing."
Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing the extent to which fish can feel pain and fear. I would rather euthanise a week too early than a second too late. It's my responsibility as a pet owner to ensure the best quality of life I can for my pets, but when that quality deteriorates, it's also my responsibility to provide an end to their suffering.