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  1. I know that they are probably going to suffer or be in a constant pain due to their deformities and its an act of mercy but still... I look at their tiny twisted and curved bodies struggling for life and I don't have the heart to put an end to their misery. Today when I was changing the water I was determined to get done with it for once and for all and even got to the point of catching the two Barry Allens and then....I put them back with the others. When it comes to animals I just can't. I'd rather leave them alone and hope nature do its work. At this pace I might have to hire a professional fish assasin. How do you guys deal with it? I found a video of howto humanly euthanize your fish. Well most likely there's nothing more human than to kill and destroy everyting on your path...I guess I'm just not human enough. Sorry for the rambling. If you know a way that is not as brutal as pooring some chemical in the water and watch the fish agonize I would appreciate your sharing it with me.
  2. So Pickle is not doing too well. Yesterday morning I noticed a small red spot, a bit like a hematoma, on his belly. I immediately assumed it was the result of his SBD and floating excessively on his back, so I applied a thin layer of vaseline and removed him from the main tank, into a small bowl for feeding and observation. I put him back in the tank when I left for work (right now it's about 95F up here and I have no AC...will have some next week but because of this I absolutely can't have a QT set up as it would get much too hot within hours) and when I got home the spot had at least quadrupled in size. I've attached a video so you guys can see it, and see how he swims.... I freaked out, and moved him to the bowl, and he seemed a bit better. He is weaker, but still eating and still trying to right himself. Keep in mind, I have tried EVERYTHING to help this SBD, which Pickle has had ever since I first got him. I tried vegan diet, peas, fasting, lower water level, lower temperature, medication, etc. None of this has made any difference, but I never saw any sores until this one. The sore has remained the same size today - nothing has gotten better, but nothing has gotten worse. At this point...I just don't know what to do. This came on so fast, and I don't want him to be in pain. However, I also don't want to cut his life short if he could get better. I just want to know...if you were me, what would YOU do? I know this is a personal decision, but I need some help making it. I've been on the edge with him a few times, and none of them have been this bad. Maybe it's because I've seen him get better that I'm hesitating. Please help Water Testing: Temp: 80F pH: 8.2 Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 10ppm
  3. Hi all, I've been very busy as of late (fostering a newborn kitten in between work shifts) and would like to say that I've some good news to report, but I'd be lying. Pickle, as most of you probably know, has always had swim bladder issues. They were formerly caused by algae (probably spirulina), and improved for a month or so once I removed all sources of spirulina from his diet, but now they appear to be resurfacing. He never fully flipped before, but he's been alternately upside-down or floating right-side-up for the past 2 days. He still gets excited to see me, and still wants food, poops are normal...but I'm so torn. I don't want him to be in any kind of pain, but it's so hard to tell....I'm considering setting up my new tank early just so they all have a greater water volume to swim in. I don't have the correct filters yet, but could order them today. Just did an 80% WC today. pH: 8.0 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 0-5 Temp: 70F I don't even want to have to think about this, but figured I'd ask those who might have some experience to lend me a hand. When do you know when it's "time?"
  4. i'm gona try to post a video i took of this little guy. all my water conditions are normal, its just this one little fish that has been sick for a long time and everyone else is great. i got him at petsmart in mid march.. i thought he was a little "different" looking and maybe consitpated looking but seemed like i could just feed him peas and seemed healthy otherwise, but im now convinced that he is stunted and thats why he looks kind of weird in his face/eyes, and am wondering if all his health conditions are because of it or not, or if i should just euthanize him, or give him away to someone willing to spend even more money on treatments for him. im not sure how to tell if he is suffering in pain or not. he definitely 'looks' uncomfortable to me. and seems to get knocked around by the bigger fish. he was fine for about a week after being fed peas, then he started looking really more bloated in his butt area, it is really big and round more so than the other orandas i have under the tail. and had started pine coning, he has been bloated and pineconing with bulged eyes since april. now he is getting some red streaking. and has had a few scale injuries from the water changing hose because he isnt healthy enough to always stay away from it, he swims and still tries to eat but sometimes he swirls around like his belly wants to float. today ive now noticed a buldge or bubble looking lump under one of his eyes. my fish eat sinking hikari products and peas regularily. since april he has been treated with epsom salt, aquarium salt, dropsy meds, prazi-pro, Proform LA (because of another fish in the tank), and liquid mardel maracyn plus antibacterial antibiotics, melafix and pimafix.. (of course with appropriate water changes and time in between) with absolutely NO results on him what so ever. i still have some of the antibiotics and prazi pro left(but i dont see this to be fluke). im not sure if i should give more antibiotics or just quit? or what i should do, i would be sad but im accepting of euthanasia if i can get some confirmation that it is best. or could he be saved by some other treatment im not aware of or just let him be until he dies in the tank? i never have any good luck with isolating a fish they always seem to die in a day or two when i do that. he never looks any better no matter what ive done and little by little he seems to be getting more and more things wrong with him. please help with any ideas or advise. thanks (its taking a looong time for this video to load so im going to come back with it and post it later if i can figure out how)
  5. Hello everyone, I have been staying at my mum's house for the past several days and as usual I have been worrying about Googles. I spoke to my boyfriend on the phone this evening and he told me that Googles has lost about 20 scales today. He also said that his biggest eye looks a bit sore. He was losing the occassional scale before I got Pickles but I think I may have made a mistake getting a new fish, as I am not sure if this huge scale loss is due to an infection or from being pestered too much. I have not long stopped 14 days of MMs and this made a huge improvement to his energy and balance and it made me feel wrong for ever even thinking about clove oil. As usual though it hasn't taken long for some other horrible thing to happen to him. I hope I am making sense, I am very tearful because I think I have made the decision to put him to sleep. I feel like a horrible person because I feel like I am taking the easy option. I could take Pickles back to the fish store, and with ur guys help, try and find a solution to his scale loss and struggle on as before... or I could end his life, whichwould be a huge relief but also very upsetting and I would feel selfish. I love this fish and I have no idea what to do I know I have discussed it with you before but I think this really is decision time
  6. Hi, Some of you may remember me from several postings about my beloved goldfish named Moe. He has not been doing well for a long time, and now he is just hanging on by a thread and not happy or comfortable at all.... I absolutely hate to think about it, but I think it's finally time to help him pass away. I want to do it in the most humane way possible, so I am here to ask for your help in knowing exactly what to do. I saw the pinned post about euthanizing, and I want to use the clove oil method, but I have to know exact measurements, etc... Also, in that post, it is recommended to use clove oil and vodka mixture, but some other places I have heard you should not use the alcohol because it's harder on the fish. Please give me some specific directions on what to do, making sure it's the most humane, painless method possible. I don't want to cause any suffering. He has suffered too long already, and I probably should have done this a while ago, but I just haven't been able to bring myself to do it. However, it's just to much now and I know it's his time. Thank you so much for your help. And please pray for me as I grieve this loss. Moe is about 14 years old, so I can hardly imagine life without him. ~ Jill
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