I didn't want to post this in the other euthanisia thread because this isn't directed at anyone in particular.
Last night I had to euthanize my poor fishie
He hasn't been doing well for several weeks and in the past 2 days it got significantly worse to the point where he couldn't swim properly. Deciding that he isn't having good quality of life I made the difficult decision to let him go
I did a LOT of online reading about this before I made my decision on what to do and I settled on clove oil since it seemed to be the most humane way. I went to the grocery store and bought the oil then came back to prepare the water. I put 4 - 5 cups of the fish water along with fishie in a little bucket and put him in a dark room to settle down. I prepared the clove oil mixture in a little glass jar with fish water (I think it was 2 drops of the oil) and shook it until the water was white for about a minute. I added half the clove oil mixture in with fishie
I don't think I added enough at first (even though I followed the directions
) because he wouldn't go to sleep after 10-15 minutes and it was horrible to watch
so I put a couple more drops in the jar, shook up the mixture and added more with fishie. Within 5ish minutes he was sleeping because he wasn't moving but every once and a while I could see his gills moving. After I knew he was asleep I mixed up the lethal dose in the jar (I put 6 drops to be absolutely sure) and shook it and added in. I left him in the bucket with the clove oil for a few hours to make sure he was gone before I removed him.
I thought I would share my story with others in case they have to face this at some point with their fishies. I found this was the best way because he didn't suffer, he just went to sleep.
RIP Mr. Fishie
I will miss you.