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Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 18:33:23 -0400
From: "heinesen" <heinesen at idirect_ca>
Subject: euthanasia by Alka-Seltzer???
I just read an article that suggested a humane way to euthanise a fish is by
<<<<<<placing the fish in a small container with water and adding an Alka
Has anyone ever heard of this and/or done this? I assume I will at some time in the future, have a need to know how to euthanise a fish, and I know I won't be able to do it by cutting its spinal cord.
Euthanasia of fish via sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer, baking soda, etc.) isn't accepted by the AVMA as a humane method, but since most of us don't have access to anesthetics like tricaine, benzocaine, or Na pentobarbitol, it's about the best method the hobbyist can use. Some say pithing/decapitation is more humane, but you can't exactly ask the fish, so that remains a matter of opinion.
About 30 g (1/4 cup) of baking soda per liter of water is an appropriate dose for rapid euthanasia. Leave the fish in the solution for 10 minutes after breathing has stopped.