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Old 05-14-2013, 09:42 AM   #1 
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Anyone know if you can freeze a fish that will be sent to a lab for analysis?

I lost two fish yesterday. I think the causes are unrelated but I am interested in knowing more for the sake of the fish I still have and so I can be more aware. I am keeping them cold for now. Please only answer if you know factually what to do.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:16 AM   #2 
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I believe there are instructions for doing this in this thread.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:06 PM   #3 
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Sorry for your loss

I can't nessicarily speak for fish, but it's typically a bad idea to freeze mammalian remains if you plan to have them necropsied or take cultures as it can cause the cells burst (since they have a high water content) and can kill some of the microorganisms/viruses that they would be testing for. You'd be safest keeping them in the fridge in a dark, airtight container and getting the remains to a lab as soon as is physically possible... As gruesome as it sounds, the fresher the remains, the better and typically more accurate the test.
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