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Old 01-07-2005, 06:45 AM   #11
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why dont you just throw it as hard as you can at the wall, or put it on the table and smash it with a hammer?
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Old 01-07-2005, 07:50 AM   #12
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Flanque, The reason I don't think many of us do that is because it could get a little messy.
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Yeah but it's quick and painless. My neighbour does it with his birds too that he breeds.
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Well he is shooting for humaness and not cleanlyness so I suppose your right on this one.
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Old 01-07-2005, 09:46 AM   #15
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I'm curious, why would you need to put a fish down?
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Old 01-07-2005, 10:17 AM   #16
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why dont you just throw it as hard as you can at the wall, or put it on the table and smash it with a hammer?
Beating a fish against a wall is NOT going to kill it quickly. Fish can take an amazing ammount of physical abuse and still be alive. This is a cruel way to try to kill a fish.

The hammer would work, but be way more messy than a knife.

One thing about the knife/hammer method, it is going to take you a bit of time to get the fish where you want it, line it up, and finish it off. This time spent out of water is really stressful to fish. Just drop the fish in ice cold water with clove oil, takes about 2 seconds to get the fish from the tank to the cup and its dead.

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I came across my issue where I had a freshwater tank with a horrible bacterial and fungal infection that would not go away. I would lose a few fish here, few fish there and tried treating the whole tank to kill it for good. Eventually, the infection became resistant to pretty much everthing, I had two extra tanks going try to find something that worked but it was a waste of effort. In the end, the fish were getting infecting and dying within hours no matter what I did. I removed all the meds from the tank, and as soon as a fish showed signs, I killed it. I think 2 or 3 fish lived through all that, sad times...
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OK folks, lets keep it real in here.
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Old 01-07-2005, 12:37 PM   #19
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How many believe that fish feel no pain or fear? I wonder about the fear part. I've seen many fish hide or frantically try to get away from another that is trying to get them, or a net.


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this discussion has been had here before. You can do a search for those threads using the search utility.

These discussions can VERY easily turn south with careless comments. PLEASE keep in mind that many people here view their fish as though many view their dogs or cats, or best friends. Would you pick up your puppy and throw it against the wall if it were dying of cancer and needed to be put down to save it from suffering? I don't think so.

Please keep these things in mind when posting in this thread. If you don't have something serious to contribute please keep it to yourself.

Personally I've never needed to put a fish down. I believe if there's any chance a fish may recover from a disease or injury they deserve that chance. I likely would never put a fish down. If I absolutely had to for some reason, I would probably decapitate with a sharp knife and a quick stroke.
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