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Re: [APD] Disposing of fish
If your fish is healthy: Take it to your local pet store or offer it to fellow hobbyists. I haven't bought a fish in years because I have always been able to find fellow hobbyists offering them for free in places such as craigslist. I have a well stocked tank of beautiful fish that were saved from possibly going to a much worse home -- and none of them cost me a cent. Better yet, plan ahead for the lifetime care of any fish you do get and you won't ever need to rehome them.
If your fish is terminally ill: I read a long time ago (I believe on the Krib) how to euthanize a fish by putting it in a container with tank water and slowly adding alcohol, i.e. vodka. See the Krib for proper directions. On the two occasions I have done this, it seemed to work well and seemed peaceful for them. Usually I let my fish pass naturally, unless I feel that they are suffering terribly and I have been unable to cure them. But I always wait as long as possible because you just never know....I have a fish now that can only swim vertically....a sure sign of impending death, or so I thought. After unsuccessful treatment, 1 1/2 years later, he still swims vertically only, but eats well and schools with his friends. I'm glad I didn't do anything. I would only euthanize under the most dire of circumstances.
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