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Help my fish is suffering!! Please please help me
My blk sailfin molly has been sick since saturday. Now he is twirling and twirling. I know he is suffering and I want to put him out of his misery. I don't have clove oil and I live a long way from town. What could I do to put him out of his misery?
Get a recepticle put some of the water in it, scoop him out into it, place it in the fridge, some would use ht e freezer, but I couldnt bring myself to freeze my molly when it happened to me.
I put her in and checked on her about 30-45 mins later and she had chilled enough that I think she was already gone, I left her in overnight, checked her several times during the evening, no sign of movement.
The next morning her body was stiff.
Good luck, its hard to do, but you are probably doing the right thing. Unless you know what may be causing his behavior?? and could therefore maybe treat it...
Thanks tuufy for replying. I am so upset about having to put down my fish. Its sad but I know I should be strong enough to do this. So how long did it take for him to pass when you did this? I have been treating him with melafix because I thought it was popeye. He then couldnt swim normal so I believe he has swim bladder disease. Its so hard to really know what's going on when these fish get sick. That's what so frustrating. I just wonder with whatever is wrong with him if it is spreadable. He is in quarantine by himself but I just hope the other fish that are in the tank that the sick fish came from don't get it too.
see my reply above............ for time it took for my molly to die.
hopefully someone else will come along with advice, you could try an epsom salt bath, do a search on this website and you should find the recipe for it.
There are a number of people who consider the freezer to be inhumane due to the pain caused by freezing. Unfortunately I can't offer any better alternatives myself, but if someone has it, I'm sure they'll tell you.
Sorry for your situation.
Thanks all for your reponses. My fish has passed. Does anyone know if swim bladder is spreadable to other fish? I think that's what was wrong because he couldnt swim normal. This came on suddenly.
Swim bladder disorder is usually a complication of a bacteria infection......................so it can't be caught from the fish, but you need to work out what it may be causing it so you can treat the tank accordingly.
In the mean time keep a sharp eye on your other fish, do a really big water change to remove as much bad bacteria as possible without shocking your fish of course.
HI Tuufy, I really don't know what could have caused my molly to get sick. If it was bacterial, I don't how he got sick. All my fish have always been healthy. Just out of the blue over night, he was sick. He died 4 days later. I know every tank has bacteria in it. Maybe this fishes immune system was not as strong as the others? All the othewr fish in this tank seem fine. I have been watching them like a hawk! I did 2 back to back wc. I ended up doing 100% wc. I normally do 50% every 7 days and they have always done great. That's why this blows my mind that this fish got sick! I don't over feed and I feed really good food. They get new life spectrum pellets, frozen krill, frozen blood worms, and they also get freeze dried krill soaked in garlic guard and vita-chem. My water temp stays around 80-81. My tanks readings are as follows: ammonia-0 nitrite-0 nitrates-5-10
Yeah everything looks good, it could just have been his time................
You could drop the temp slowly down to 76' over a few days.....................Catsma one of the moderators told me that 76' is a good temp for tropical fish, you want to drop it by 2' max each day...........