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Old 06-26-2015, 02:41 AM   #1
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Bad fish day :(

Today has been a really bad fish day.

First I was changing water in my kid's tank and I was trying the pump method where I pump the water out to a bucket with a powerhead. I had the pump intake unprotected but I put it up against a fake plant so there was some stuff blocking the intake. Well I must have underestimated the power of the intake because his betta came too close to check it out and got sucked in butt first. I pulled the plug immediately but he was so ripped up he looked like he went into a garbage disposal. His very few remaining fins were strings and his butt ended too early in a shredded mess. There were fin bits all over the tank. It was absolutely horrible.
I tried moving him to a hospital tank but he was clearly mortally wounded and really ailing. so I euthanized him. I didn't have any special affinity for him but the fact that I had made him suffer so horribly and tortured him in such a manner had me in tears. I can't believe I did that to him. I feel so horrible.

Then hubby and I went to the movies and when we came home in the main tank discovered my absolutely favorite fish, my German Blue Ram named Snow White (our ONLY fish with a name, she was that special) floating at the top. To make me feel extra bad she had obviously been dead a few days (although she wasn't floating before this evening; she must have been dislodged from her death spot today during water change). So now I don't understand how I didn't notice she was missing at food time, the last few days. I'm so sad, she was my favorite. So, more tears. I don't know why she died.

That's my bad fish day, thanks for listening.
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It's always difficult to take when you know it's something you have done wrong.

How did you euthanise?


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Old 06-26-2015, 02:59 AM   #3
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Ice water. It probably didn't even euthanize him fast enough but he was already suffering horribly so it's not like it could have been any worse for him. =|
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Ice water. It probably didn't even euthanize him fast enough but he was already suffering horribly so it's not like it could have been any worse for him. =|

I was just curious on your method. I struggle to euthanise.


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Old 06-26-2015, 04:12 AM   #5
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Bad fish day :(

I'm very sorry. Death is a very unfortunate but inevitable part of fish keeping.
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Today has been a really bad fish day.

First I was changing water in my kid's tank and I was trying the pump method where I pump the water out to a bucket with a powerhead. I had the pump intake unprotected but I put it up against a fake plant so there was some stuff blocking the intake. Well I must have underestimated the power of the intake because his betta came too close to check it out and got sucked in butt first. I pulled the plug immediately but he was so ripped up he looked like he went into a garbage disposal. His very few remaining fins were strings and his butt ended too early in a shredded mess. There were fin bits all over the tank. It was absolutely horrible.
I tried moving him to a hospital tank but he was clearly mortally wounded and really ailing. so I euthanized him. I didn't have any special affinity for him but the fact that I had made him suffer so horribly and tortured him in such a manner had me in tears. I can't believe I did that to him. I feel so horrible.

Then hubby and I went to the movies and when we came home in the main tank discovered my absolutely favorite fish, my German Blue Ram named Snow White (our ONLY fish with a name, she was that special) floating at the top. To make me feel extra bad she had obviously been dead a few days (although she wasn't floating before this evening; she must have been dislodged from her death spot today during water change). So now I don't understand how I didn't notice she was missing at food time, the last few days. I'm so sad, she was my favorite. So, more tears. I don't know why she died.

That's my bad fish day, thanks for listening.
I am so sorry for your loss! I lost one of my beloved honey gourami 2 days ago. His buddy is still looking for her.

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Old 06-26-2015, 10:34 AM   #7
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Very sorry to hear this

I was really sketchy about the powerhead siphon method, now I really don't want to do it.


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Good to know to steer clear of that method. Educational for all of us. Maybe with a rubber banded filter media chunk.

So sorry to hear of the horrible very bad day. And worst when we contributed to the problem. Been there too, different scenario. It is heart wrenching.

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Sorry Jen truly a bad day.

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