Should I euthanise my ill cherry barb?

Ouse

One of my cherry barbs started violently barrel rolling around the tank this morning. After some research I found “whirling disease” and it matches the description of what’s happening to the barb. I read this disease cannot be cured and it’s better to euthanise.

I removed the barb and added him to a separate tub of the tank water he’s used to. This is the same barb that has been swimming vertically nose down for a while.

I have no meds and I’m aware that you should try to heal a fish naturally before rushing to use meds. I have no quarantine tank so I think all I can do is euthanise him.

What do you think? I don’t see much hope in him making it...
 

bcfishtanks

My biggest check is: do they still have any quality of life? As in, are they eating? Are they participating in schooling behavior? If no, then euthanize.
 
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Ouse

My biggest check is: do they still have any quality of life? As in, are they eating? Are they participating in schooling behavior? If no, then euthanize.
He wasn’t schooling and has been hiding behind a piece of driftwood mostly. I’m not sure if he’s been eating.

He’s currently rolling around in the tub and he even jumped out once. I guess I should euthanise him...
 
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bcfishtanks

Yes, it sadly sounds like he's too stressed out from whatever is going on with him. Euthanizing may be the best course of action. I'm sorry.
 
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Ouse

I’ll euthanise him using the clove oil method then.
 
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bcfishtanks

I think that's the best way to do it. I hope it goes smoothly for both your sake the for the fish
 
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Ouse

He is being euthanised right now. He is asleep and I overdosed on the clove oil as instructed. Now we wait...
 
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