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Old 02-07-2011, 09:53 PM   #1 
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How do I use clove oil to euthanize a fish?

I'm going to go get some clove oil soon, because Phoebe has taken another unexpected turn for the worse. At this point, I'm almost surprised that I'm still surprised when something else pops up with her health... The red septic splotch is back, this time at the base of her pectoral fin almost by her gills, and it's scaring me. I'm going to start another round of treatment with maracyn 1 and 2, but I want to know how to gently put her down should the infection get out of hand.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:05 PM   #2 
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I really hope your fish gets better. If not:

Clove Oil: Use at a dosage of 0.25 ml per liter of water. Shake mixture vigorously. Add fish immediately, before the oil has a chance to separate. Once the fish is deeply anesthetized (does not twitch with gentle prodding, and no gill movement is observed), add lots of crushed ice to the water.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:11 PM   #3 
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so put it to sleep then freeze it (or chill it deeply?)????
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:17 PM   #4 
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Yup. That's the gist of it. Anesthetize it with the clove oil, then the extremely cold temperature of the ice-water will do the rest. You don't want to actually "freeze" the fish (by putting it in the freezer). It's thought that fish may actually feel ice crystals forming in the tissue, which would be extremely painful.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:17 PM   #5 
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Ya, what Abby said! Don't poison her just freeze her. If you just put her in a small glass or plastic bag with a little bit of water in it then pop her in the freezer that would be nicer. That way her system will slowly shut down and she will "fall into a deep sleep forever", much less cruel in my opinion!
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:20 PM   #6 
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im questioning this because it looks like taminas time is up so in container of water and into freezer is humane? i dont want her in any pain or anything, i dont have any clove oil either.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:26 PM   #7 
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If you want to go one better than clove oil, the best way to euthanize a fish is by using Tricaine Methanesulfonate (also called MS-222). It's available for purchase online, and is a great fish sedative/anesthetic. To use, bathe fish in 250 mg per liter of water for 10 minutes, then add lots of ice to water.

I'm a student in a research facility that studies danios (zebrafish). This is our method of choice for euthanizing sick or dying fish. This method is in accordance with all animal care regulations. It is also approved by the FDA, and considered humane by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:28 PM   #8 
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ok well im looking for a tonight solution i dont want to have to use blunt force trauma or the pinning because i seriously could not bring myself to do either
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:32 PM   #9 
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im sure i read somewhere you can raise their tank water for an hr or so let them adjust then without acclimatisation put them in to icy cold water thus sending them in to shock and eventual death?
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I'm not sure of any other good methods besides blunt force trauma. Are you sure that your betta won't pull through? They're pretty resilient...
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