Posts tagged ‘euthanisia’

Based on the guys at Wise Geek, I’ve just bought myself some clove oil and a bottle of Vodka…

Here are the steps for fish up to 3″ (7.6cm) in length:

1. Add tank water to a measuring cup or mixing bowl. Place the fish in the container [with] a dark towel around the cup to calm the fish.

2. Fill a small, clean pill bottle with tank water, leaving some room at the top. Put 1 drop of clove oil in the bottle, cap and shake vigorously. The clove oil must emulsify, turning the water milky white.

Gently pour about 1/4 of this emulsified mixture into the fish’s container. The fish will begin listing as it starts to fall asleep. Let the fish be for about 10 minutes. The fish should be resting on the bottom by then. It will look dead, but if you watch closely its gills will be breathing once every few seconds. If after 10 minutes the fish is still rising off the bottom swimming intermittently, retrieve the jar or bottle of emulsified clove oil, re-shake, and add the same dose to the fish’s container. Wait again.

3. Once the fish is asleep on the bottom, add 20-25% white grain alcohol. For example, if the fish is in 8oz (240ml) of water, add 2oz (60ml) of vodka. Let the fish stay there for at least 20 minutes.

4. Check the fish carefully after 20 minutes for any gill movement. If there is no gill movement over a 60 second period, the fish has expired.