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post #16 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 07:04 PM
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I don't understand what makes you so sure its dying? How long have you had the fish/estimated age? Has it lost it color, clamped fins, hard breathing, refusal to eat, white poop, have melted/shredded fins? Whats the water parameters (including temp)? How big is the tank? Do you have a filter? Have you started using co2/ferts or made any other changes in the past week to the usual routine with this fish/its tank/parameters? I'm asking these questions simply to eliminate a few easy possibilities for lack of activity.
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I don't understand what makes you so sure its dying? How long have you had the fish/estimated age? Has it lost it color, clamped fins, hard breathing, refusal to eat, white poop, have melted/shredded fins? Whats the water parameters (including temp)? How big is the tank? Do you have a filter? Have you started using co2/ferts or made any other changes in the past week to the usual routine with this fish/its tank/parameters? I'm asking these questions simply to eliminate a few easy possibilities for lack of activity.
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What do you mean it may be bored?
Bettas are very curious fish... they like to explore. Putting a betta toy may make it happier. In my current tank, my betta likes to explore plants and look at the nerite snails. Occasionally it will look at the albino ancistrus and 'lay' on it
Also, bettas seem to be less active in lower temps. My waters pretty cold, but tank mates and plants keep him happy
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Just get a full grown oscar and dont feed it for 2 days before you introduce it into the betta tank

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Beheading was good enough for the French Inquistion and it's efficient enough for my fish killing needs as well.
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When folks mention clove oil.. where do you get it? Can you use the stuff used for toothaches?
I also suggest following AquaAurora and discern why you think its dying.
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Make it listen to a Taylor Swift CD....No wait,that would not be humane death.
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Make it listen to a Taylor Swift CD....No wait,that would not be humane death.
haha possibly best post I might have seen on here
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A lot of times bettas are sluggish if the water is too cool. Do you have a heater in there? I agree with AquaAurora, there could be many reasons the fish isn't very active, not necessarily that it's sick or dying.
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Garbage disposal. . That what I do...

Unless u have something to eat it..

Or...

Chop head off with razor.. snap! .. done
I used to do that ,now I think the freezer is a little more humane.

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I used to do that ,now I think the freezer is a little more humane.
If I were to put down a fish I'd do the freezer method to, just gets cold and goes to sleep, no real panic or pain. Fortunately have not had to put anyone to sleep yet.
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This is by far the fasts way I've found to put any of my fish "down"

http://youtu.be/u8FOCNc-w8o

Needless to say I don't think it suffered much.

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I used to do that ,now I think the freezer is a little more humane.
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If I were to put down a fish I'd do the freezer method to, just gets cold and goes to sleep, no real panic or pain. Fortunately have not had to put anyone to sleep yet.
i did that with one.. forgot.. put him in papertowel.. then in freezer.. it was fast!
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This is a very hard thing to do. I sympathize.

I have tried clove oil to death, and without going into details, I am uncertain this is the best method. I have heard in paralyzed the fish, and they do stop breathing, but it seems rather slow to me, ime.

I have now turned to dropping the sick fish in very ice water, with cubes, and they drop instantly. Make sure not to let the water warm, so I then put them in the freezer. This has worked the best for me, I have seen no suffering.
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When folks mention clove oil.. where do you get it? Can you use the stuff used for toothaches?
Yes. Just go to the toothache aisle in Walgreens and look for a toothache kit. Be careful, not all kits contain clove oil. It's also known as Eugenol. If you see that on the label you're good to go.
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