My fish Bob, has been sick for over two months now. Having tried all the remedies and followed the advice that other members from the forum gave me, I think it is time to let Bob go.
You can see the thread a couple of thread below this (betta not eating, bloated...) if you are interested in knowing all the things I tried.
Four or five days ago, I noticed he got worse and yesterday I noticed he doesn't swim AT ALL, and now has a wound on his belly that could rip his skin any minute (I have never seen a betta this bloated/sick before).
As difficult as it is for me (Bob is my only fish and I've had him for almost a year an a half) I think I need to euthanize him.
Please give me advice on what is the best way to help him go.
I am posting a picture of him as I write this and he has been in the same corner of the tank pretty much the past few days.
As you've said, you've done everything you can. I know this is hard but it's the most kind thing you can do for him. I'm so sorry.
Go to the health food or drug store and get some pure clove bud oil. get a little bottle or jar and take some tank water and fill the container halfway, then add 30 drops of clove oil. Shake until you see the oil encorporated with the water. Take Bob out of his tank and put him and some tank water in a disposeable container, then pour the clove oil mixture in with Bob ... he will be gone within a matter of seconds ( you might not want to look at this point, its pretty horrific). Make sure to leave the body in for an extra ten minutes to make sure he isn't alive.
Honestly, you're doing pretty much everything possible, there really isnt anything more you can do for him while alive :c
I actually will disagree with Fleet on the amount of clove oil (which, if you did choose to do, is a humane option), because 30drops is a HUGE amount and will actually probably freak out the fish while it remains alive...
I suggest and have seen good results with 2-3 drops in like a half gallon or less, mixed well...which makes the fish sleepy but not stressed...then add in 2-3 more...which makes him really really sleepy, to where he will float up but is still alive...then a bit after, add in 3-4 more. It should be enough to allow him to gently pass...When he's gone his gills will stop. Add in 2-4 more drops after a while to be sure...
If you think its so bad he may pop, I dont know if there is much more that can be done :'c
Thanks for your replies and support, Bob passed away on June 8th at 10:30 pm. The clove oil was my option, and he did get a little stressed at the beginning with 6-7 drops, so I would recommend a lower dosage and a longer time.
lol , dun ever use salt if the betta is in this condition, u gonna send him to hes graves , he looks like hes either having dropsy or either some form of excessive constipation, if it is constipation, pea will help ,if dropsy i guess u need Tetracycline, but i never saw one betta who can get better when hes in that condition , except one female betta of mine named bluey. Poor thing got better , her case is exactly like urs. Well I am sorry for ur poor guy, hopes he gets better, but if u chose to to put him out of his misery, well i dunno lol, coz it better to let nature take its course. Eh i will never kill my bettas off if u ask me lol coz i love them lol. Like i say let nature takes it course, good example is Bluey , i thought she gonna died, but she never didi, in fact she got cured of the condition , lived for 1 year more and died of old age.
Epsom salt helps bloating and is much much less stressful then using medications. It was the right course of treatment, and epsom salt isnt technically salt anyways. Sometimes putting a betta out of its misery is the most loving thing you can do once all hope is lost. Peas are now found to be a bit bad and damaging to use so thats something you should do as a last resort, I just wanted to clear that up so others dont misunderstand.
Alex, sorry for the loss, but you picked one of the most humane ways for him to go and wherever he is im sure hes thankful that he had such a wonderful caring owner. :)