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Old 05-30-2011, 10:44 PM   #21 
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The same book I quoted offers the following: concussion by striking; overdose of an anaesthetic like tricaine methane-sulphonate or benzocaine; decapitation. In all cases, the book says the brain must be destroyed because it can live on for several hours after. I think I'm going to be sick.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:45 PM   #22 
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OFL has suggested decapitation. She says to wrap the fish in a paper towel and decapitate - fastest and painless. I found an article that says to cut behind the gills and that will effectively detach the head from the spinal cord.

People have suggested the freezer method (freezing the fish), but I feel that's cruel as the fish is still alive as the water freezes.

Do you have any MS 222? I found an article that says that if you bathe your fish in 250 mg per liter of this, it is quite painless. However, it looks like you can only order it online or through a veterinarian.

My thoughts are with you through this time.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:46 PM   #23 
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Decapitation.... Wrap her in a paper towl and..... Yeah. But I
Would have someone else do this.
Or get some strong alcohol and pour it I with her.
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I just looked, uncovered her and shes sitting upright, not flailing, breathing a bit softer and just watching me. She reached up and grabbed air without flailing, she seems calm right now, i cant do it right now, ill watch her through the night. Its as if for about 30 minutes she looses all control of how to swim and then slowely regains it. Almost as if its a seizure and she has to recover. Is this possible with fishes? Still would like the info if possible in case i need to use it, id prefer to hear nhow here then to google it and find something innaccurate. I appreciate all of you for talking through this, its better then sitting here alone wondering, it eases me a bit.
edit: okay ill keep this in mind when/if the time strikes.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:48 PM   #25 
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The article I found lists acceptable, unacceptable, and unsure methods of painless euthanasia. I'll PM it to you.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:49 PM   #26 
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Sorry Sakura, but thank you for looking for me also.
thank you gmd ill look at it.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:49 PM   #27 
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Since she can't swim up to her food, can you put a bottom feeder tablet by her? I sure hope Oldfishlady checks in soon.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:49 PM   #28 
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I hate to give u directions to put her out of her misery... but she is ur baby and u know best.... get a bowl and fill it with ice (lots of ice) and a little cold water... wait til the water gets super cold and then if you feel its necessary just put her in it. the shock will knock her out and itll be all over after that... thats the same way u cull off fry... I'm so sorry... I hope she perks back up... I would try leaving her in a dark warm spot and see if she has enough in her to pull thru... Im so sorry
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:50 PM   #29 
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^ I don't know about that. I've heard it's not humane, since the fish isn't knocked out instantly - it stays awake. I'm not 100% sure on that.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:51 PM   #30 
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It's okay, Punki. We won't let you face this alone. (shaky smile)
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