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Old 11-14-2011, 01:41 PM   #21
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I've buried a couple larger fish outside, but I usually flush. Goes back to nature either way. If you've ever been to a sewage treatment facility, they have huge pools where bacteria break down any organic matter, and then water is filtered and treated. Wouldn't worry about disease, if it's good enough to stop E. coli in human feces then it'll stop and fish diseases too.

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Old 11-14-2011, 02:02 PM   #22
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Whenever one of his scorpions or tarantulas passes away, he freezes them and then puts them in a resin mold (like those necklaces or key chains).
I cannot even imagine. Nope, couldn't do it. I just wouldn't have the stomach for it, and I've got a really strong stomach.

My fave pets get buried in the back yard. That way, I can still speak with them.

I always have my photography as a way to remember those lost, too.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:27 PM   #23
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I think I'd probably bury the fish and then plant a flower over it... Dead fish make good fert so its like it gave its life so something else could live?

But thats me. I go for the naturalistic approach whenever I can.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:51 PM   #24
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The indians used to put fish under their corn i believe
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:44 PM   #25
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The unwanted fish parts, yes. There are still practices of this in small scale farming with many groups of people.

It does take a bit of a stomach. I never had an issue with dead things unless they smell like rot. Like, in anatomy class back in high school, I loved to disect animals. I was the only kid who didn't wear gloves. haha. Tried to get my hands on some good quality formaldehyde to make my own specimen jars, but that turned to be incredibly illegal.

I wouldn't worry about flushing down diseased animals. I mean, what we have in our native creatures can be just as bad as our pet ones, humans being even worse. Introduction of diseases probably doesn't occur anymore, at least I wouldn't think. It's not like whatever your fish had is the first time it's ever entered the sewage system.
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To be fair, I know about how water treatment works in the US, but not in other countries. I agree that here I would not be concerned at all about introducing disease by flushing.
Also, not everybody lives in a house, so some people have limited options. I was bummed back when we lived in an apartment and I couldn't bury my fish and guinea pigs after they died.
Now that I rent a house, I either flush them or plant them. I will have to bury my angels somday because they are so big. I personally couldn't do a resin mold. I am ok dealing with dead animals unless I named them, then I can't do it.
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That's my issue with burying. I can't just go digging in front of my complex. My neighbors already think I'm insane. haha
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Yeah, apartment dwellers tend to think its suspicious when their neighbors are wandering around with shovels!
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I couldn't do the resin mold with my big fish... It would just be weird. I think I'll do that with my smaller fish though.
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Yeah, apartment dwellers tend to think its suspicious when their neighbors are wandering around with shovels!
haha. Might be a bit suspicious.

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I couldn't do the resin mold with my big fish... It would just be weird. I think I'll do that with my smaller fish though.
That's the plan. Stuff/bury the big ones and put in a mold the smaller ones.
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