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A dying fish... to flush or let it pass first?

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Nikki2ol6 Tue 13-Dec-16 19:41:02

I believe one of my fish is dying. It lays on its side for a while then it's up swimming about again. I have placed it into a trap and it will lay on the bottom most of the time but if I go near the tank he will get up and move around. I have put some food in but he is not interested. If I put him back into the tank he will be attacked and killed as my fish are like that! I'm unsure if he will get any better or if he will die soon..... so my question is would you remove him and put him out of his misery? Or let nature take its course in the trap?

Sophieeleanorxx Tue 13-Dec-16 19:46:45

I had a fish like that when I was little he eventually died days or weeks after not sure. I think I would just put him out of his misery though as it's going to happen soon.

DearMrDilkington Tue 13-Dec-16 19:48:17

My God, don't flush it!! That's cruel. Give him some peas, sounds like swim bladder.

Flumplet Tue 13-Dec-16 20:04:03

Yes to the thawed garden peas - cut in to quarters and see how he gets on. Ours gets and iffy swim bladder from time to time and this little trick gets him back the right way up in no time at all.

Flumpsnlumpsnstuff Tue 13-Dec-16 20:20:19

Garden peas ? Treat swim bladder please tell as we have lost a couple due to it.

DearMrDilkington Tue 13-Dec-16 20:28:18

It doesn't treat swim bladder per say but it will make a difference to your fishes quality of life. Best way is to not feed the fish for a day or so and then feed a few boiled peas(obviously cooled down), make sure you deshell them though.

preciouspig Tue 13-Dec-16 20:37:32

Please do not flush it!

Flumpsnlumpsnstuff Tue 13-Dec-16 22:12:34

Thanks will try that

LotsoNumbers Tue 13-Dec-16 22:18:55

Don't flush it down the toilet, alive or dead!

Nikki2ol6 Thu 15-Dec-16 10:10:49

Well my little fish is still in the trap and he's much better! He's still not 100% so I'm not letting him out just yet as the other fish will see he's unwell and attack him

xStefx Thu 15-Dec-16 10:17:57

Aw poor fishy. I had no idea that garden peas can help.. that's mad :-) Aw please don't flush him till he is dead, at least he can die in peace then lol xx

Flumplet Thu 15-Dec-16 17:43:35

Pleased fisho is doing better OP! Keep going with the peas. He'll likely pop like a trouper for a couple days but it definitely helps. The pea trick will come in handy in future - if he's got dodgy swim bladder it will likely recur in future - you can get some 'disease safe' formula that you can put in his water which might make him feel better too - should have said the other day - you can get it in pets at home for less than a tenner. Good job you didn't flush him eh!

Flumplet Thu 15-Dec-16 17:44:13

** poop!! Poop like a trouper not pop. God that wouldn't be good.

froglou Thu 15-Dec-16 18:06:13

Why on earth would you ever flush a fish, might be more convenient for you but with it's a slow painful death for the fish caused by chemical burns from chlorine in regular water, the massive drop temperature and suffocating in pollutants?angry
If you do ever need to euthanise a fish you can buy special chemicals or use clove oil which sedate the fish but you should always try to treat it first like you would with any other animal.

AuntMatilda Thu 15-Dec-16 18:23:15

I agree with froglou what a horrendous thing to even consider doing op sad can't believe what I just read

Feenie Thu 15-Dec-16 18:31:00

Ffs, what is the matter with you? Of course you shouldn't flush a fish that's still alive down the toilet. Jesus. angry

celeste84 Thu 15-Dec-16 18:33:25

Its like you are on your death bed and they start put you in the bodybag and into coffin and lower you in the ground whilst you are still dying.

Nikki2ol6 Sun 25-Dec-16 16:04:58

I left him in the trap, he began to get worse and suffered for days and days and just lay on his side and stopped eating and his skin began to peel. But of course we wouldn't want to put him out of his misery would we

Ledkr Sun 25-Dec-16 16:14:17

Surely flushing it is ADDING to his misery not putting him out of it ?
Jesus, how cruel!

Reality16 Sun 25-Dec-16 16:16:19

Flushing a half dead fish would put him out of his misery how shock

mudandmayhem01 Sun 25-Dec-16 16:22:10

Look on a fishing website and there is a clear explanation of how to dispatch a fish humanely for food, I would apply the same to a pet fish if was clearly suffering.

HecAteAllTheXmasPud Sun 25-Dec-16 16:22:26

Your choices arent let him suffer in the trap or let him suffer by flushing him.
You can put him out of his misery in quicker and more merciful ways.

dataandspot Sun 25-Dec-16 16:28:01

All flushing does is mean you don't have to see the distress the fish is in.

Nikki2ol6 Sun 25-Dec-16 16:31:36

Because he is a tropical fish and the toilet water is very cold hmm

froglou Sun 25-Dec-16 20:05:40

Cold water untreated wouldn't kill a tropical fish instantly it would take several hours to several days. If you need to euthanise look for clove oil.

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