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View Poll Results: What do you do with a dead fish?
Flush it down the toilet. 26 56.52%
Bury it in the backyard. 14 30.43%
Throw it in the trash. 6 13.04%
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:27 PM   #31 
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Let me put it this way...

Clean soap that waste facilities are made to remove, or a dead decaying fish that can possibly be a foreign object?
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:29 PM   #32 
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What about scraps of leftover food that goes down garbage disposals?
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:31 PM   #33 
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Again, it is disposed properly in something made to handle it.

Also, one wouldn't flush a hamster or lizard, right? So what makes a fish so different?
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:32 PM   #34 
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My hamster would have been too big to flush.
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Old 04-18-2009, 12:21 PM   #35 
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Cody - waste water facilities are designed to deal with all manner of things that go down the drain. I'd say a dead fish is a hell of a lot cleaner and better than the other stuff we normally flush down the toilet. You don't throw your poo in the trash do you? A water plant deals with both in the same manner, there are grinders, skimmers, digesters and settling tanks for a reason. The bacteria that are cultured in the tanks of a waste water plant eat all forms of dissolved solids, poo or dead fish makes no difference to them. If anything the fish is probably easier for these bacteria to break down than some of the stuff you'll find nowadays in human fecal matter.
I'd be far more worried about the amount of drugs, prescription and illegal, that you will find in effluent than I would some dead fish. The fish aren't a problem to deal with, we already know how to do that. The easily measurable amounts of heroine, cocaine, meth and viagra should be far more concerning to you. The bacteria don't break those down, and they are often extremely difficult to filter back out of the water. It's not the dead fish that went down the toilet that are causing the frogs in your local waterways to grow extra legs, it's the meds that humans consume, and then pass back out of their system through urine and fecal matter.
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:20 PM   #36 
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I took a field trip to a water treatment plant years ago when I was in high school. I wish I would have paid more attention to what they said now. lol Good info, Nataku.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:16 PM   #37 
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they become food for my bigger fish. If the fish died of a disease such as it it is incinerated
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:20 AM   #38 
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Smile from the mouth of a child

While watching my 3 year neice one morning, she came in and told me her goldfish was dead, and not yet having a cup of morning coffee I didn't respond to her, she left room and came back with the dead fish in her hand and waved it in front of my face and said see it is dead. I then told her ok flush it down the toilet - her response "YOU CAN'T GET TO HEAVEN BEING FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET". Well what could I say to that other then giving it a proper burial in the back yard.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:48 AM   #39 
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Thats cute. Out of the mouths of babes. lol
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:17 PM   #40 
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I wouldn't buy any fish from Walmart. I went in there last week and thought I would look at their fish. There were dead and dying fish in every aquarium. I wrote Walmart an email and actually got a call from the local store, the assistant manger. I had explained in my email that when fish dies and they are left in there, that gases built up in the water which kills the other fish or that there is a major problem with amonina, backteria, parasites, etc. She told me she had no clue and would assure me she would put it to the attention of the otehr managers..yeah right..sure...whatever...BUT, i was in there on Sunday and out of all the tanks, there were only a few dead ones. So I guess she listened. I bet those fish got dumped in the garbage...
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