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03-25-2013, 09:00 PM #1
Gotta put down one of my blood parrots
My "runt" who was jolly good just days ago suddenly decided he would not swim about or eat and has not eaten now for the 5th day. I quarantined him and been giving PimaFix and Melafix daily to no avail. Yesterday he was swimming just a little but today is laying on top of the plants and on his way out.
I see two or three small blood spots on his fins. Not sure what it could be but I'm thinking septicemia but I have no idea. I will be dropping him in ice water to make it quick for him. (And me.) I hope, whatever it is, it did not infect the others. Amazing how fish can be so lively and happy one day and the next fighting for their lives.
03-25-2013, 09:12 PM #2
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03-25-2013, 09:46 PM #4
Very sorry to hear about that LH, it's a terrible job to do but it's best to end it before the fish suffers any more.
How effective is the ice water for euthanasing fish? I imagine it's effective and quick for small fish but I'd be concerned about suffering in larger bodied fish like blood parrots - I imagine the cold won't penetrate the body as fast as it would in small fish.
I euthanase my fish (when necessary) using a few drops of clove oil - followed by a capful of vodka. It sends them into a drunken sleep and is very peaceful (and not at all stressful for me). Not to turn this into a hijack or inappropriate discussion, but here are some methods on fish euthanasia http://www.ratemyfishtank.com/articles/81 I've also done the "head chopping off" method. Very quick if you are confident doing it...but traumatic to witness if it's a much loved fish.
03-25-2013, 09:49 PM #5
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03-25-2013, 10:17 PM #7
Sorry to hear this Lady Hobbs, it always sucks to lose a fish, and having to euth them is tough.When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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03-27-2013, 02:26 PM #8
Oh I am soooo sorry those little parrots go beyond just being fish
03-27-2013, 11:41 PM #9
Sorry Lady Hobbs46 gallon bow front planted - 6 Longfin Neon Rosy Barbs, 1 male Golden Sailfin Mollie, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 4 Panda Corys, 1 German Blue Ram, 1 Apple snail.
29 Gallon - mix of plastic and real plants - 1 Angel fish, 2 male fancy guppies, 2 German Blue Rams, 8 Neon Tetras, 2 Ottos.
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03-27-2013, 11:55 PM #10
So sorry about your about your fish...big or small you get attached, the only thing that makes it easier is knowing you gave them a good life and did what it took to make their habitat safe and comfortable. I've used the clove oil and vodka technique also..shot for them, shot for me._______________________________________________