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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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quick question to kill my fish

Hes been suffering pretty bad for a few weeks and want to put him out of his misery. Whats the most humane way of doing so. I have no of the clove oil stuff.
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 06:05 AM
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A quick sharp blow to the head. It's one of the most humane methods of euthanasia after chemical overdose as if done correctly, it's instant and the fish is dead before its brain processes anything.

I wrap my bettas up in a damp cloth to keep them calm, and then use a hammer. The cloth also makes it a lot less harder to do.

I'm not fond of freezing or of putting tropical fish into iced water to 'shock them to death'. I can see both of these scenarios causing stress and possible pain to your fish as death does not occur instantly.


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post #3 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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I cant pull myself to smash my fish.
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post #4 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 10:10 AM
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Clove oil, then add vodka.

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post #5 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 10:26 AM
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why do you know how to kill a fish??!?!?!?!

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Because sometimes they arent curable and were 100% sure and they are obviously suffering so instead of letting them sit there suffering we end it. Also some breeders have to kill unwanted/deformed fish from their fry tanks.

RIP to my little Coraline.
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Well... you can always ask an older family member to help, you can explain the situation to them, but many people can't bring themselves to let anyone else euthanize their fish either.

If you can't get the clove oil method, and you can't euthanize in any of these methods, do you best to make him as comfortable as possible... clean, warm water, tannins from oak or indian almond leaves, lower water level so he doesn't have to struggle to swim... Make his last few days as comfortable as he can possibly have it so he can pass peacefully in a safe comfortable home..
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i was never able to euth my fish, so i made them comfortable and made their suffering(if they were suffering) as minimal as possible. their last few days(or, in Caroline's case, month... poor gal....) was amazing.
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i can't kill an animal . period.

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post #10 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 12:03 PM
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I had to do it...once and i wouldnt wanna ever have to do it again. I thought of it as how you put a suffering dog to sleep, only we dont have those same useful methods for fish so much. =/

RIP to my little Coraline.
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