I had a little mishap with my 29 gallon tank yesterday. It was almost finished cycling and I was looking forward to putting my girls in this weekend when disaster struck. The stand it's been on, a heavily reinforced low bookshelf cracked in the middle. The tank started listing and a friend had to hold it on his knee (thank goodness for strong friends) and my brother and I scooped out the fish and removed the water one bucket at a time. I had all of the fish in a 2 gallon planter hoping to get them set back up before I went to bed.. well.. One of them didn't like the planter. A cherry barb jumped out while I was working on the tank and when I came back.. *hides* I stepped on him. I felt something squishy under the arch of my foot, stepped back and I was sure he was dead. I got a little cup of aquarium water and put him in but he wasn't moving at all, even breathing.. so I scooped him up and gave him a gentle squeeze.. and he swam off! Great! Maybe he'll be ok, right! So an hour later he's on the counter this time and I panic. I can't get him off the counter, he's so slippery and I had to try like 3 times.. I put him in the water and he was breathing but not moving, and I was sure, after all that, he was dead.
This morning he's moving around a lot! He seems a little bloated, his color is off but he's active and I'm thinking he might make it... but his fins are shot, either gone or ripped up, and I don't know what kind of quality of life he'll have like that. I'm not making any choices right now, he's staying in his own 2 gallon tank (since the rest of the fish are back in the 29 gallon) and I'm watching him, but considering euthing him..
How do you go about euthanize a cherry barb? And at what point should I try?