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How Do I Deal With A Dying Fish? Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Kat11, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Kat11Valued MemberMember

    Honey gourami has gone downhill fast. Found him stuck to filter intake earlier and when I turned filter off he swam off. Now he's now still alive but lying head down on bottom. I want to help him or end his suffering. Parameters are

    0 ammonia
    0 nitrites
    10 nitrate

    I do not have a second tank set up. Im praying my other gourami and my 2 endlers wont get sick too if I keep him in too long. I havent changed my water yet this week bc im worried about stress.

    Do I put him in a bucket with tank water and an air stone? I would euthanize if I had clove oil but I don't.


    What is the water volume of the tank? 10g
    How long has the tank been running? 50 days
    Does it have a filter? Yes
    Does it have a heater? Yes
    What is the water temperature? 78
    What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) 2 male endlers, 2 honey gourami

    How often do you change the water? 1x week
    How much of the water do you change? 25-50%
    What do you use to treat your water? Prime
    Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Planted tank so vacuum what I can

    *Parameters - Very Important
    Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yes
    What do you use to test the water? API
    What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.

    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 10 (but I think test might be low compared to lfs)
    pH: 7.4 or below

    How often do you feed your fish? 1× day
    How much do you feed your fish? 1/8 tsp micro pellets
    What brand of food do you feed your fish?
    Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? Not yet

    Illness & Symptoms
    How long have you had this fish? 1 week
    How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? Always shy and not good eater but yesterday it began
    In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? Shy now spazzes and turns upside down or gets stuck to filter or lays on bottom
    Have you started any treatment for the illness? No
    Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? Not sure nothing visible
    How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? *may* have slight pinkness to gills

    Update: moved to bucket of tankwater with airstone. Sigh. I hope he goes quick.

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  2. coralbanditWell Known MemberMember

    If he appears to be suffering I have used a small cup of water with ice cubes added to it and allowed to chill a couple minutes .
    Small fish like him will pass in under 10 seconds easy .
    Sorry about your fish .
    Do your water changes .They don't stress fish they strengthen fish .
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019
  3. JenCWell Known MemberMember

    I'm sorry your fish is not well.

    If you think euthanasia is the best option and you don't have clove oil then I suggest blunt trauma. It can be kinder to the fish than letting him suffer but maybe difficult to do, which I'd understand.