How to euthanize a fish?
My Gourami has been ill presently for some time, i have treated her with various things but she is getting weaker by the time, she is the smallest gourami in the tank the others are fine, i think she have just fallen ill and cannot recuperate. I have not been able to pinpoint a individual illness, i have now granted to euthanize her.
I wont be going down the decapitation route and i dont have an clove oil so my other option is the freezing method.
Is freezing humane? any other suggestions much appreciated
I would just permit it die on its own and remove it soon after it dies. It's natural and you don't have to go through any long a drawn out process. Maybe, of late maybe it could recover, you never know.
I think freezing would sort of work. Some species can survive flash freezes. Crustaceans like shrimp are comparatively capable of surviving freezing. Mammals that freeze experience little pain. I guess, at least in that would be less mess and you could thereafter bury your pet with it intact and with smaller number trauma for you.
The MOST HUMANE way is to put it surrounded by pure alcohol (vodka, rum, the higher percentage, the better). The fish will "get drunk" and then intervene out for good :(
I've done research and it is said that this is the most humane way to do it.
the best way fish would touch the little or no pain is BANG it on the floor. This causes immediate destruction. But I am against euthanizing any living organism.
there are so many * retards who answer question like this
the ONLY ways sanctioned as humane are anesthesia and alcohol, anesthesia and severance of the spine AND destruction of the brain, and anesthetic overdose.
in either overnight case you're going to need anesthetics. vets and pros use trican, MS222, or similar drugs, but clove oil from a pharmacy, robustness store, or drug store work just as well.
many of the morons here hold suggested freezing which is one of the most INhumane ways to kill ANYthing.
one of the especially moronic actually suggested that it be painless even for mammals... you ever run around in winter with no clothes on? it's NOT painless.
a $5 bottle of clove oil from walgreens, CVS, GNC, or any other drug store will be more than ample to quietly and peacfully put your fish to rest..
remove the fish to a large cup or bucket of tank dampen.. in a seperate container (with a lid, like a water bottle or something) shake the clove grease (10 drops per liter of water) and some tank water untill it turns milky then supply to the bowl/bucket/cup with the fish
in about 10 minutes the fish should be knock out.. either place in alcohol, remove/destroy brain, or add another 10 drops per liter solution of clove grease to the bowl, as before, within and hour the fish should be gone..
of course do adjectives you can before euthanizing
Freezing is NOT humane. It will not kill the fish quickly and apparently rime crystals form in the brain causing massive pain. I hold heard pouring a bottle of strong spirit like vodka into a tank can euthanise the fish painlessly, but to be rather frank I'd ask a vet.
If the fish has to be put to sleep you should take it to a vet. It's cruel to try to do it yourself.
In response to one Answerer, vodka will burn the gills without the assistance of clove grease (which acts as an anaesthetic so the fish goes to sleep) so I cannot see how that will be painless.
A bottle of clove oil costs around lb2 from Boots and many other chemists. It's used to treat toothache. If you don't have any at the moment, get some tomorrow and (if you must) euthanize the fish later.
I am not against euthanasia if the fish is in serious pain, have a life -threatening illness which will claim its life besides, or if it's lost its ability to swim properly for anything more than a minute (the result of which will be exhaustion, stress and extermination anyway). However, I never give up trying to treat the fish until the fish gives up itself or is so ill it cannot be save.
What are the symptoms the fish is suffering from?
How big is the tank?
What are your water readings for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH?
What are the other inhabitants of the fish?
Are you SURE she's womanly?
Just because you don't know how to treat her, doesn't automatically mean she's unsavable.
Sometimes euthanasia is the kindest way, at least possible there are no moral or religious inhibitions regarding animals!
We do as you propose, and gently place the affected fish in a shallow amount of its cistern water, and place it in the freezer for 24 hours. It will simply go to sleep and freeze. Next hours of daylight you can defrost it and dispose of the body as you will.