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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Should I euthanise my gudgeon??

One of my peacock gudgeons(the one who was always less active and ate nothing but bloodworms) since I bought him , lies on the bottom ,still breathing though.He will no longer eat.He swims a bit when shrimp or other fish touch him ,but remains in weird positions ,like head-down ,or on his side.
Should I put him out of his misery ,or let nature take his course?
Is freezing a fish a humane method of euthanasia?

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I remember a friend with a dying fish... She just let it be in a seperate tank until it was ready to go... 7 year old fish it was a cichlid I believe


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kinda brutal but if you give it a bash, in the head or something. that would be the most painless way
i couldn't imagine a worse death than being slowly frozen
or try to find the cause and treat it (if you haven't already)
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On the Koi forums, they freeze them. I think the KOIVET said this is the most humane.

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I asked this question before and you can put them in some water and then add clove oil until they are basically asleep and then add alcohol to put them down.


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+1 for clove oil.
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I agree with the clove oil. Though I was once told the clove oil only knocks them out, so the alcohol would be necessary as well.


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I can tell you that clove oil can actually kill a weak fish. It works pretty well... The fish just sort of relax, then they go to sleep and just... Stop working. I've only ever used it on a couple of really sick fish, though.
As for if you should euthanize him... Is he eating at all? If not, he'll probably starve, and euthanizing him is more humane. If he seems to be in pain, it's pretty obvious that you should just put him out of his misery.
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