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Old 08-17-2012, 10:46 PM   #1 
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Dropsy...

After watching my beloved white CT Albus suffer through fin rot and treating him with AQ salt 1tsp/gal for 10 days, I have discovered that he's got dropsy :( His fins haven't healed at all, either. So, it's probably time to euthanize, unfortunately. My question is, what is the best, most humane way to do this? I know there's freezing the water, clove oil, and vodka, but the only method I really have right now is freezing. Unless putting baking soda in will work? I've euthanized other fish this way, but I don't think it would work with a betta.

My other question is what I'll need to do with the equipment. Do I need to throw it all out or can I simply disinfect with vinegar?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:37 PM   #2 
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Disinfect with bleach.

The cold water will work fine and is considered as humane as clove oil (depends on who you talk to...) Just put the water in the freezer, and wait until it's all slushy, then plop him in.

I'm sorry you have to go through this, poor boy. Is he in your avatar? He's gorgeous.
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:02 AM   #3 
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Thanks so much! I'm probably going to wait til morning to decide whether or not to officially euthanize and that way I'll be able to run and get clove oil. I just can't bring myself to freeze him :/

And yes, he's the one in my avatar but his fin rot is so bad that he looks like a female at the moment and he's been losing his fins for months. If I'd known it was fin rot I'd have treated it long ago but I thought his fins were just getting caught on things in his bowl so I kept trying to rearrange and switch containers. It really is too bad, but at this point it's just so sad to watch him struggle to swim that I feel it's better to end his suffering.
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:08 AM   #4 
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I'm sorry about your betta. He's beautiful, the one in your avatar, right?
I had a situation a little while ago where I had to euthanize a betta. I was told not to freeze it because ice crystals form inside the fish and it is a slow painful death. I was also refered to this site which has a list of humane ways to euthanize. I used the cold water method. Heres the link: http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-health/euthanasia.aspx
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