Getting rid of a problem fish

Discussion in 'Polls' started by DAWNA, Feb 4, 2006.


If you had one fish that was being a problem, for whatever reason, and you had no one that could ado

  1. ... flush it?

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  2. ... put an ad in the newspaper?

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  3. ... keep it and hope for the best?

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  4. ... dump it at a pet store amd hope for the best?

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  5. ... put it in a breeding net until you could find a home for it?

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  1. DAWNA

    DAWNANew MemberMember

    I have a golden loach that is being a problem, just wondering what others would do. Thanks. Dawna
  2. atmmachine816

    atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    when i have a problem fish i ask any of my friends who have fish if they want it then if they say no i give it to a petstore by me becuse i know they will take care of it nicely and resele it
  3. Isabella

    IsabellaFishlore VIPMember

    Just don't kill the loach! See if any of your friends has a tank large enough for it and would be willing to take it, and if not - give it to your store. It's not sick with no chance of recovery and it's not suffering, therefore there is absolutely no reason to kill it.
  4. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    yeah that would be mean :( I would give it away either via an ad in the newspaper or dump it at the pet store
  5. 0morrokh

    0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    For pete's sake don't flush him!! That's the most inhumane way to kill a fish. Try to get someone who can take your fish, but only dump him at the pet store as a last resort, as most pet stores don't know much about fish and all of them will sell a fish to anyone with some sort of container with water.
  6. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    That is sooooo cruel, I have no clue why it is the standard way of killing fish :( It does not kill them right away, they stay alive for a long time until they finally suffocate to death in all the toxic stuff in the sewers :(
  7. beckers4oranges

    beckers4orangesValued MemberMember

    flushing is inhuman....unless their dead....
  8. OP

    DAWNANew MemberMember

    I would never in a million years fluch my loach, even if he is eating all my other fish. I'm glad others feel the same way. I have no one with a tank that wants him (or if they want him, they wont nurture him). My pet store won't take him so I'm considering getting a smaller tank just for him, and I'll have to buy him a friend. The most humane way to dispose of a dying fish is to freeze them (this is from a fish vet) but not for healthy fish, that just ends their suffering quickly. Does anyone know anyone in Southern California that wants a golden loach? LOL Thanks for all of your comments! Dawna
  9. Isabella

    IsabellaFishlore VIPMember

    Dawna, that would be so nice of you to get him a separate tank, instead of just "getting rid" of him. It's good that you're against inhumane ways of getting rid of fish. But perhaps you should have some patience and search a bit more, and hopefully you'll find someone who'll be willing to take care of him. Are there any other fish stores around where you live, other than the one that you go to? If there are, and if it wouldn't be a problem for you, you could ask them. Just don't yet give up :)

    Once again, how large is the loach? If it's around 3-4 inches, then I don't understand why the store you asked won't take him. They wouldn't take him even for free? But if they are to keep the loach in bad living conditions, then it's better that they don't take it at all.
  10. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    If you were really desperate you could send him to me ;) :D
  11. fish_r_friend

    fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    wat would u put it with?
  12. Jon

    JonWell Known MemberMember

    there are better ways to get rid than flushing or freezing

    both are inhumane

    flushing- lives in sewage for hours before it suffers to death
    freezing- stressful and uncomfortable

    if u want to kill it put it in a small bowl and put alkaseltzer under it... the carbonic acid will put it to sleep and it will die in rest or put it in a 1:5 mix of hard liquor- water and it will fall asleep and die. or give it a lethal injection

    ezer just to give it away
  13. Marc

    MarcWell Known MemberMember

    Actually, since fish are cold-blooded, they sort of just.. go to sleep. If it's quick enough to get fairly low, at least. Though I must say it's better to over-anesthesize them.
  14. Jon

    JonWell Known MemberMember

    i have read freezing is inhumane but im no expert

    cutting there heads off isnt a good idea if ure squeemish or bad with knives but its fast and humane
  15. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    a better way of freezing them (if you just put'em in the freezer they s l o w l y freeze) is to almost freeze the water before, so the water is ice cold but not frozen, then put the fish head-first in.  It will die instantly.  Don't use this on goldfish though, do it the opposite for them.  Heat the water to not quite boiling, then put it in headfirst.
  16. Jon

    JonWell Known MemberMember

    id rather put them in vodka so i can see them pass out and have a sad lil ceremony
  17. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    sad lil ceremony meaning vodka party? lol...u better be 21 hehehe
  18. Jon

    JonWell Known MemberMember

    lol the vodkas for the fish not me
  19. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

  20. Isabella

    IsabellaFishlore VIPMember

    Haha guys ... lol. But seriously now ... no killing of healthy fish is humane! Ever!