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Old 04-04-2005, 04:54 AM   #1
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I feel sick....not for sensitive people to read.


I ended my female betta's life.
Her belly had been bloated for the last week or so and got bigger every day. She didn't eat. I tried to feed her peas, to help her digestion, but she didn't even touch them, nor any other foods. The last 4 days or so she was hiding in a corner, not moving at all.
Now, this week, I'm at my dad's. My tanks are at my mom's.
So I figured, I do not want this fish to die on me, and be in the tank for a whole week. The consequence might be that all of my other fish die.
I let my mother feed my fish when I'm not around, but to leave it up to her to find a dead fish? She wouldn't want to do it, and she probably wouldn't find her.
So I took her out, put her in a plastic bag, and well...hit the bag with a weight.
The sight was not pretty, but her life was ended quickly.
That was yesterday.
Today, I still feel sick when I think about it. Did I make the right choice? Should I not have tried something else?

Just had to vent this. Please, feel free to comment, what would you guys have done?


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Old 04-04-2005, 05:04 AM   #2
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Sounds like you made the right decision Thomas. For all the right reasons too. You can't save every fish. Sometimes its more humane to deal with it as you have.

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sorry about your betta. that's a pretty brutal way but quick i guess. from what i've read you can euthanize fish by putting them in a small container with water and a bunch of ice cubes; it's supposedly quick.
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Don't worry about it sweet heart. Sometimes its better just to move on instead of suffering. Even though it seemed to be brutal it was quick and she didn't feel it comming. I don't entirely agree with the ice thing, freezing up dosn't sound like a way i would want to go. Don't beat yourself up hun, shes in a better place, and she dosn't suffer anymore.
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You did the right thing-Anne

its just sometimes doing the right thing stinks
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Thanks guys and girls, I feel a little better
I do believe that it was the right thing to do. Even though I didn't like it.
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Old 04-04-2005, 09:37 AM   #7
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I think you did the right thing too.
BTW, I use the same method to euthanize fish. Like you say, it's not pretty, but I believe it results in a painless, instantaneous death. I use a colored opaque bag and a broad flat weight.
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I'm sure it was a hard thing to do but, it needed done. You handled it and made it quick and no doubt painless. Props to you.
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Old 04-04-2005, 10:13 AM   #9
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I agree with everyone else. She was probably suffering in the tank, on the verge of death. It's a hard thing to do, killing a fish. At least you didn't flush her. To me, thats the worst thing to do. They still live in the water, down into the sewer until they sufficate and die from the conditions. Props to you for not making her suffer. I still am not able to kill a fish. I find it very difficult so I just put them in the QT until they die naturally. Then again, they are probably suffering till the end.
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Old 04-04-2005, 11:08 AM   #10
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Sorry to hear this, but I believe you made the right choice, like every one else said. As to the method you chose to put her to sleep, well this remains in controversy. Is it better to do it that way and feel no pain? is it better to freeze them? (i'd think the lowering of the temps gradually would be worse, even tho they think they are being put in a "comatose" state), etc. I myself have never had to do any, just remove fish that die out of my tanks, however I believe you did the right thing by putting it down quickly.
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