Kind of a new poster here, but not really. I was one of those who posted here before asking about a 2.5 gallon tank and being told that 2 fish it was too much.
I couldn't get my non-betta fish back today, and I wouldn't be able to do for days due to circumstances and no money. He was literally being eaten alive by my betta and I felt sorry for him.
My mom used to be really into raising fish and she said the best thing for it would be to put it down and end its misery. She used to do this for horribly bullied fish by putting them in a cup of water full of table salt. She said it killed them instantly.
Well, it didn't kill it instantly. I felt horrified and put him back in the tank. But he wasn't moving much and the betta was really at it. So I fished him out and finished it, though it seemed slow.
I feel awful. It would have been better for me to just throw him in my neighbors pond or something. Or even go door to door to try to give him up.
I was hesitant to do it anyways and now I just feel like crap. Like I shouldn't even own fish.
I have bad luck with a lot of my animals. Had to give a loved dog back to his owner a couple years ago. I'm surprised my Chihuahua has been able to be with me for five years without croaking.
I just wanted to post this. I feel detestable and want to cry.