How to Euthanize a Sick FishPosted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 at 11:36 am by Reef Tools
At one point or another, most hobbyists encounter a time when a fish is suffering beyond the point of possible revival. The question as to the most humane method to euthanize this fish often arises. While there are several acceptable methods, we prefer using clove oil.
Clove oil is used as a fish sedative when performing procedures such tumor removal or general wound care. Clove old can be purchased through many pond suppliers and health food stores. A bottle should last you a lifetime….and if not…you should be reading many different articles!! 😉
The procedure is as follows:
Place the fish in a container of tank water at room temperature, and place the sick/suffering fish in this container. In a separate, smaller container, mix a solution of a bit of water and 3 to 4 drops of clove oil for every pint in the holding container. Add this mixture to the holding container; this will be used as an initial dose, and will begin the process. The addition of clove oil to the water, slows down the fish’s breathing, and slows places the fish in sleep-like state.
At this point, you may add 3 or four more drops directly into the holding container. This will continue to slow down it’s breathing. After a about 30 minutes, you may add 3 or 4 more drops of clove oil to the container and continue to observe the fish for up to an hour or two. The fish should continue to slow down, until ultimately passing away painlessly.
A FEW WARNINGS, PLEASE READ!!!
- Please take care with the doses and be patient in order to allow the clove oil to slowly perform it’s task.
- Please keep Clove oil out of reach of children as it can be toxic.
- Please dispose of the fish properly since clove oil can be dangerous to other animals if consumed.