your Betta :
|This is a very hard subject. Not
only do many people not agree, it is a hard thing to have to do.
||If your betta is old and
suffering, you may not want to sit and watch him slowly wither away. He
may not want to wither away, know one knows. You may have a large spawn
of babies, too many. You may need to thin them down. These are not
things we do to be monsters, they are things that we feel are necessary.
If you don't agree, then you don't need to read any farther.
|Before I get into the various
methods, I will take a moment to offer alternate suggestions for
culling. One thing about culling, is that you can never tell a fish's
true colors until they are grown, so keep this in mind. Also, many pet
stores will trade supplies or live food in exchange for fish. Sometimes
they will even buy them. There are also always fish/betta lovers willing
and more than happy to make a home for culls. These are the alternatives
to culling your spawn.
||There are many ways to cull your
spawns. One way I have heard was to siphon the unwanted fry into a glass
of ice water. This is supposed to be an instant death. Another way to
dispose of unwanted fry is to use them as live food for other fish,
|Disposing of a suffering fish can
be done many ways. One way I wouldn't recommend is flushing. Flushing
dead fish is one thing, but a live/dieing one may survive the initial
flush and be forced to die a slow, painful death swimming in the biggest
toilet worse than his own. One way is to place them in the freezer. Take
your betta and place it in a ziplock baggy with just enough water to
cover it. Place the baggy in a container then into the freezer. Their
biological process will shut down in response to cold. Therefore they go
into a sort of hibernation before they die. Although I have also heard of fish being frozen, then thawed and still
survive. So make sure you keep them in there long enough to make sure
they are gone.
||I have read that placing them in
Vodka water will "put them to sleep". There are also actual
shots you can buy at your vet to do the job. there are 2 ways to
use vodka, you can find them in the comments and ideas section below.
individual comments and ideas on Euthanizsia
If you have more suggestions on
culling, please submit
them as I do not have many choices. Please do not email me explaining
how inhumane this is, I personally do not cull so it will do you no good.