Last night I was 100% convinced that my son's fish, Rock-N-Roll, was dead. He had been lying motionless at the bottom of the tank for hours, hadn't eaten his dinner, and didn't respond when I tapped on the tank. My husband gave the tank a huge whack and he moved slightly, but I attributed that to vibrations from how hard he hit the tank vs. actual movement. We agreed to wait until morning, though, just in case.
This morning Rock-N-Roll was lying in the exact same spot and didn't respond to about a dozen firm taps, so I told my son that his fish had died and had him come downstairs to say goodbye. He started crying pretty loudly and all of a sudden, Rock-N-Roll perked up and started swimming around a little. I was shocked, especially since I know he hasn't been to the surface since late yesterday afternoon. Well, the "recovery" was short-lived, he has now gone back to lying at the bottom of the tank and didn't eat his breakfast either. He has been struggling for some time with chronic SBD and some other issues and has been kind of deteriorating over the past couple of weeks, so I'm pretty convinced that this is the end for him, but I want to help it happen as gently as possible.
Here is what I've done:
- Lowered water level so he can more easily get to the surface (although he has not been able to do so)
- Put lots of silk plants , some lying sideways, so he has tons of potential places to rest at/near the surface
- Did a 50% water change yesterday with a double dose of Stress Coat and 1 tsp/G Epsom salts (he has been on this long-term for the chronic SBD)
- Keeping the water temp at a steady 80 degrees
- continued offering him food
Right now he is just laying there hiding under one of the silk plant leaves. I had to go to work so there's really nothing else I can do until I get home tonight, and I fully realize that he may not last that long, but just in case, is there anything else I can do to make him more comfortable or ease his passing?
Also, I believe I saw a post somewhere about euthanasia involving baking soda or something along those lines? Can anyone advise me about specifics? He doesn't seem to be actively struggling/suffering but I want to be prepared just in case.