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Fish really shouldn't be flushed. For one thing, there's a possibility of introducing pathogens into local waterways. For another, the poor thing is going to die a slow, painful death from the chemicals in the water. Fish aren't "evil" on purpose, they're just doing what their instincts are telling them to do. They don't deserve to die painfully for acting exactly how they're supposed to act. If there's no other option than killing them, blunt force to the skull or clove oil are both much more humane ways.


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That title tho. lol

I've had a tiger barb that terrorized all of the other tiger barbs. However, I kept him until the end of his lifetime. If I ever had an aggressive fish, I would probably just return him back to the store.


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My aquarium bullies were dwarf blue gourami's that massacred 90% my community & then fought themselves to death when I put them back in a tank by themselves. I fully intended to take them back to the store but they killed themselves b4 I could get there

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I always think of the toilet as a poison roller coaster of death for a fish. I use it only to get rid of fish that have died. I've only killed a fish once. (A very old betta who was unable to swim upright any longer) Working as quickly as I could, scooped him out of the tank, keeping him wrapped in a very wet paper towel. Then I chopped off his head with the sharpest knife I had. Don't think I'd do that agian, but at the time, it was the fastest way I could think to do it. I admit, I cried for quite a while. Worst of all when I had to tell my husband I killed his fish. I just couldn't stand seeing the poor think struggling to move while floating sideways at the surface. I think killing him was the humane choice.
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Lol!!!! @ Carmel YumYum

I thought my son's name for his fish Electricity Control was funny. That's too good.
^^ in my husband's defense the angel fish had an orange/red/brown dorsal that did look like the hue of carmel

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The worst circumstance is when the fish was originally somewhat mild tempered but over time it got nasty.
All my SAE's have done this when they get about 2".

I have a small outdoor pond and they get rehomed!!!!
But this year, I didn't get them out on time and Mn weather caught up with them! OOPs!

I bought two GBR's a month ago off a guy on another local forum. They turned nasty real quick! The male will even go after a net!

I posted them for sale on the same forum, original owner contacted me, said he missed them and wants to buy them back!
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I always think of the toilet as a poison roller coaster of death for a fish. I use it only to get rid of fish that have died. I've only killed a fish once. (A very old betta who was unable to swim upright any longer) Working as quickly as I could, scooped him out of the tank, keeping him wrapped in a very wet paper towel. Then I chopped off his head with the sharpest knife I had. Don't think I'd do that agian, but at the time, it was the fastest way I could think to do it. I admit, I cried for quite a while. Worst of all when I had to tell my husband I killed his fish. I just couldn't stand seeing the poor think struggling to move while floating sideways at the surface. I think killing him was the humane choice.
This is a very humane way of killing fish, so kudos for making a difficult choice to save the fish some pain.
For future reference, clove oil is a slower but less brutal-seeming method, and it's just as painless. The fish just go to sleep and don't wake back up.


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Damn Bettababe. That should keep your husband in line at least. Way to send a message. You put the betta head on the pillow next to him while he slept? Lol. Damn. You cra cra. Lol.
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Make a small batch of ice water. Tap water as cold as you can get it and float a lot of ice cubes in it. Let it stand for about 5 minutes and just stir the ice cubes a bit. Net the afflicted fish and place it in the container of ice water. Takes but a few seconds on even the largest of fish we keep in our tanks. The remains makes good garden fertilizer, but be sure to bury more than a few inches deep or critters will dig it up. Or put it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash.

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Damn Bettababe. That should keep your husband in line at least. Way to send a message. You put the betta head on the pillow next to him while he slept? Lol. Damn. You cra cra. Lol.
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Fish do not feel pain the way humans do, according to a team of neurobiologists, behavioral ecologists and fishery scientists. The researchers conclude that fish do not have the neuro-physiological capacity for a conscious awareness of pain.
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Fish really shouldn't be flushed. For one thing, there's a possibility of introducing pathogens into local waterways. For another, the poor thing is going to die a slow, painful death from the chemicals in the water. Fish aren't "evil" on purpose, they're just doing what their instincts are telling them to do. They don't deserve to die painfully for acting exactly how they're supposed to act. If there's no other option than killing them, blunt force to the skull or clove oil are both much more humane ways.
I tend to agree with this. Even if they possibly/probably don't feel pain like humans do, the possibility of introducing pathogens or non-native flora or fauna into local waterways is reason enough to find another way. And why risk the off-chance that they do feel pain or suffer in some way, and your method causes or prolongs their suffering?

For my part, I utilize the grisly-but-humane decapitate-and-crush method.


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I used clove oil in a styrofoam cup one time.....


it ate through it and made a huge mess.

I did have a few bully fish - my Congo Tetras. when they got older and mature, despite having 10+ - they would constantly battle in my 120g. I sold them to the LFS and replaced them with the current stocklist of Glowlight Danios, Ember Tetras and Scarlet Badis

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I used clove oil in a styrofoam cup one time.....


it ate through it and made a huge mess.
I've used clove oil for a tooth ache. (Works okay, but baking soda works better if you're curious.) The cotton ball it was soaked in sat against my ps4 controller for a bit and melted the plastic a little. Clove oil is serious stuff.
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My fish is a Black Piranha, i mean hes kind of bullyish? Although he leaves snails alone and hes never fed live food.


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