Seriously, don’t use any of the methods in this section – your fish will suffer if you do. Live plants can also remove other things that are harmful to your fish.
How much Epsom did you use?
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Please refer to the above article for humane methods. I am happy to hear that she passed quickly and calmly. A seawater bath five minutes a day can also force the parasite to fall off. Any suggestions? I’m so sorry to hear about your Matsuba, they are a beautiful strain. However, 4 years about average in terms of betta life expectancy.
It’s going to be hard whichever way you go. I tried an epsom salt soak that others recommended, but it did nothing for her. Have you been testing your water with an aquarium test kit? Not for ‘Girly’, who was soothed into a clove oil slumber before her final moments and stroked gently as we would during hand feeds, but for me as I took a life that had brought so much pleasure for me and my young family.
He was refusing food, swimming in circles on his side, appeared to be having seizures, and his eye began bulging. If you feel there is no saving your fish, you will have to make a judgement call.
My thoughts are pretty clear in the article. Thank you so much for this. You did the right thing, it sounds like she was suffering immensely before. Thank you so much for your advice, my large orfe was suffering from dropsy and had not been well for some time.
Carbon dioxide is naturally present in the water your fish live in anyway – it is a result of the respiration process. I used the stun and stab method. I hope you are doing okay! My boyfriend and I have two goldfish.
I am really close to him and I know his personality(yes fish have different ones) so I know that when he refuses to eat, he has given up. I love my Free Willie from the crabs!
Rest In Peace Speed. To keep your fish from dying, you need to keep your fish healthy and happy. Unfortunately, I am not qualified to diagnose fish. My 2 angel fish ,(Gabriel n Ruth) are the striped variety..why do they change color? If your fish has been suffering from a severe illness and none of the treatment methods have been working, euthanasia might be the best choice.
Absolutely. I know, it’s heart breaking.
I use a net to catch them, quickly put them in a baggie (usually a snack size sealed with as little air and water as possible) and quickly put them on the ground and stomp on it quickly and firmly. Unfortunately I don’t have any experience here, I normally use an old bucket, All my tanks are glass and I have never added clove oil to directly to them. Catch your fish and place it inside the container. Hes clearly suffering tremendously and he seems to be past the point of no return.
If you add a live plant, watch for rotting leaves.
IDK if it would work on non-koi though.
Unsure of when to say you’ve had a great life but watching you suffer is killing me.
I named him SpeedRacer because he darted around like a crazy fish. Losing one fish is never easy, much less 4.
I can’t understand what could be wrong as he is a ferocious little eater and has always seemed very healthy for the past 2 years. While an alcohol bath will kill your fish, it also burns the gills during its final moments. Typically when fish murder other tankmates, it’s a result of the tank owner not understanding which fish are compatible and which fish are not.
Unfortunately, I cannot make that call – only you can. The place I buy fish from didn’t want him and I don’t know anyone else that had a large enough aquarium for him. Or should I do the stun and stab after its unconscious from the clove oil (which I really wouldn’t have the stomach to do). That probably caused bacteria to enter the fish and made it ill. Very sorry to hear. I changed water 2 days ago an... How can you tell the difference between a male and female angel fish?
Most manufactured fish foods are formulated to provide your fish with all his nutritional requirements.
3 years and offspring is no small fete. I’m sorry for your loss. Swallowed air is more commonly seen goldfish. It’s possible that this is just him getting ready to give up the ghost, in which case there might not be a whole lot you can do for him. I am sorry to hear about your experience. Unfortunately, you have not given me enough direction to identify why your fish are dying. I hope you are holding up okay an I wish you all the best! It’s tank mate Stormy just stays by it and it breaks my heart.
That all sounds really positive. These methods are divided with a focus on "old school" methods and on newer, more humane methods. So in a stressed state, I had to wait around while they looked for it and couldn’t find it. So far, the water is testing great n everything is leveled off nicely.
She went peacefully. Goldfish will “yawn” to flush their gills. It usually takes hold in poor water conditions.
I treated one of my betta fish who was one year old, and now he’s 3 and a half and his fins grew back! I am putting him down as its terrible to see him suffer so badly.
Disclaimer: All the fish in my tank are currently healthy and happy, so don’t worry!
Okay, now that you have a bottle of clove oil on hand, follow these steps to humanely euthanize your fish…. Thank you very much for these useful and humane instructions!
I’ve had my little betta boy for almost a week. I do not condone the killing of fish just because they are an unwanted pet. It sounds like you are in a better position to care for your fish now. Euthanizing is a horrible experience as it is, without seeing your fish show signs of stress. Really, my first fish.
Thank you for your comment. My fish is lying on its side and is still alive.
I know it can be hard coming to terms with euthanizing your fish, but if there wasn’t anything that could be done to save here then you did the right thing. It’s possible something else was wrong with your fish, which is why you needed to euthanize, such as parasites in the gill plates. She was one of a pair, her partner passed a couple months ago but she started showing all the same end of life signs as the other and I knew it was time and couldn’t let her suffer. And today, I will show you the best way to euthanize a fish. Thought that maybe she was just fighting with her tankmate. Luckily I now have a new and bigger tank with a good filter and I think after I get her settled into it, she’ll be a lot happier.
Whether you let him go naturally or not is up to you. But sometimes it really is the only option.
This all helpful fish information; however, what about killing “pest” snails?
By air drowning. She’s floating at the top of the hospital tank, which is submerged in the larger fish tank. Also, this method is not suitable for any cold-water tolerant fish, such as koi or goldfish, which can survive at cold temperatures. #4, there is not pet shop where I live to return him to if they would accept it. What can I do to try and save her? I was told to place a fish in a cup of water and into the freezer and they just fall asleep. How long after water change can I test water. I have 15 other goldfish so want to do this before any others get sick – is a mixed methodology like this still humane? Why do some goldfish have red in their tails? Today before Fry died we vacuumed the gravel and did a water change. It started off as a little spot that looked like a little wound on his upper back then slowly started growing fuzzy stuff on it.
Willie has started trying to snack on Trudy n I shoo him away, but I cant stand seeing her like this.
I cried and cried. Poor little guy. If you can remove most of the water, you can get away with less. I just got a few harlequin rasboras and they are doing perfectly fine. If you mean euthanizing them, the steps in this guide should work just fine.
Hi If so, it could be ich. They both went gently and quickly to sleep. Note: If you have a much larger fish, overdosing on clove oil might not kill it. Wow, that’s impressively old for a pleco kept in captivity.
After just losing my baby Luna I wish I was coming to you with better news but I need your advice.
He hasn’t eaten for over a week now. This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. It very likely isn’t and I wouldn’t suggest experimenting to find out. So I, too, thank you for this article.
This is pretty sad as it means you can do everything “right” and still be unable to save your fish.
Ensure the water temperature in the container is the same as the temperature of the water in the tank, or within three degrees of the same temperature.
He’s hanging out at the bottom of his tank doing nothing 90% of the time and he’s developed a weird circular white looking patch near one of his fins. I had to put down a red oscar because he was a complete bully and killed three fish. Sea salt, kosher salt, aquarium salt and pure Morton’s rock salt are all recommended for use. Every day at wikiHow, we work hard to give you access to instructions and information that will help you live a better life, whether it's keeping you safer, healthier, or improving your well-being. I'll have to think about this one.
It burns your tongue if you use it on a sore tooth, and accidentally get some on your tongue, yes it deadens, but horrific ally. Over the last month he’s become increasingly reluctant to come out and feed.
Okay, so this one might be humane, but it depends on the size and type of fish you are dealing with.
He doesn’t look happy about it, does he? He was tiny then..the only placo in a tank with crabs. A bath with Epsom salt should last, at most, perhaps an hour and most usually, 20 minutes but you can do one twice a day. I’m so sorry for your loss. Every name and commenter on this list I have reported to my local animal/aquatic no-kill rescue. He has moments of calm and then moments where it seems like he is freaking out.
Thank you again – sad, but very grateful.
Here is a guide on how to do that: https://fishlab.com/how-to-cycle-aquarium/. I’m sorry to hear that you needed to use this advice.
Ian – thank you for this.
I’m on your side, they are much more than fish, they become little members of the family!
I gave in my full effort to let her have the best life possible.
At least this method is quick (as long as you do not hesitate once you start the task). I just wish I could find an article that would make this hurt less.
The clove oil appeared to cause no pain at all. I have a golden comet fish, still in his prime at around 5 years i am told. Ammonia is the waste product of a fish’s protein metabolism and is excreted by their gills directly into the water. In the meantime, thanks everyone for your shared experience. If this is the case, you will have to perform the next method while it is sleeping. Well, for what it’s worth, I might be able to help you there when it comes to eating fish.
I have a Dwarf Gourami that I’ve had for a few years that has been acting very uncomfortable. It may seem harsh to end your fish’s life, but it might actually be the kindest thing you can do – especially if the fish is stressed and in pain. instagram? You can also give your goldfish chlorophyll by adding it to his gel food.
Oh dear, that is some dark humor right there.
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