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Old 02-22-2013, 09:39 PM   #1 
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Question What's the best way to euthanize?

NOTE: None of my Bettas are in need of euthanasia, I merely want to know for future.

How do you/have you done it?

Thanks, ~Saphira
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:40 PM   #2 
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The only humane way to do it is overdosing clove oil, or pharmaceutical grade anesthetics: http://www.oscarfishlover.com/helpfu...euthanize-fish
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Thanks Callistra.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:48 PM   #4 
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Clove oil is great, or putting them in a bag with a tiny bit of tank water then drop it in a bowl of really cold ice water (like mostly ice) apparently puts them into shock and quick death. I prefer clove oil. Another, and arguably the best and most natural way is to drop them in a Oscar tank.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:57 PM   #5 
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I wouldn't do the oscar tank for 2 reasons:

1. the Betta might transfer a disease to the oscars

2. I don't have any oscars.
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Unlikely. It depends on what you are euthanizing for (tumor would be fine but maybe not columnaris) and IMO feeder goldfish probably have just as much risk. I do not personally own oscars, but often a friend of Los would do it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:19 PM   #7 
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Ice bath submersion will still take several minutes and is thought to be painful.

Feeding something alive.. clearly painful. And I agree. If your fish is sick enough to be euthanized, you don't want to feed the infection to healthy fish.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:21 PM   #8 
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So, what exactly happens with the clove oil?

Does the fish just fall asleep, or is it something else?..
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:22 PM   #9 
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If you do it properly, they just fall asleep. At this point you keep going until they overdose and just drift off in their sleep.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:28 PM   #10 
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Okay. Thanks again, Callistra. I'm glad there's a painless way to do this. I used to think that you had to put it in a bag and hit it with a blunt object. Yikes!!! Glad I hadn't had to euthanize back then! (and let's hope I won't have to anytime soon)
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