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I Think I Need To Whack My Fish  
User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2357 times:

I've had a fishtank for over a year now. One of my original fish purchases was a scissortail who was at least 2 and half times bigger than any other fish I bought. I have a small tank, only 10 gallons, and I usually kept 4 or 5 fish at a time. The rest of the fish have had an average life span of only 3-4 months.

Well, now all the other fish have died, and just the scissortail remains. I can't prove it, but I suspect this guy has eaten a couple of the smaller fish over time, and I'm very damn sure he has at least hindered the eating habits of the others. I was very good about putting food in the tank on a daily basis. I've decided I won't get any more fish until the scissortail dies.

I'm not terribly fond of the idea of keeping the tank going just for him, especially since I've marked him for termination. The tank is also due for a good thorough cleaning, new rocks, full water change, and sterilization of the glass. I kinda wish somebody would come in and whack him - perhaps do it while he's eating a plate of spaghetti like in the mafia movies. I really don't have the heart to kill him myself, but I feel like it's time for an ending. I'm putting a contract out on my fish. Can anyone recommend the best way to resolve my dilemma?

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2346 times:

Quoting HPLASOps (Thread starter):
I've decided I won't get any more fish until the scissortail dies.

I smell a fish supper coming up Big grin

However, ask around, I'm sure there is somebody who would love to be donated a fish. Just because this one is doing what comes naturally to it, i.e. eating other fish, doesn't mean he should be killed for it, joking aside I am an animal lover and find it a little harsh just to kill the poor thing. Somebody will want him (other than the cat Wink )

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2326 times:

Here you go. You can practice:

http://myfishysite.vegard2.no/fishy_five.html



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User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2307 times:

Perhaps bring him to the local aquarium supply shop. They may take him off your hands and might even offer you a discount on new fish.


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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2305 times:

Send him to the bigger fish. Do unto others?



User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 2295 times:

Quoting A346Dude (Reply 3):
They may take him off your hands and might even offer you a discount on new fish.

I was not aware of that possibility.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 1):
Just because this one is doing what comes naturally to it, i.e. eating other fish, doesn't mean he should be killed for it

I realize that but I don't know anyone who has a fish tank large enough for this fish.


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 2291 times:

If you pay for my transportation and buy me a 12 pack of Bud I'll whack the fish for you. Just leave the house, when you come back in, it'll be gone, you don't even have to know how I dispose of it.

User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 2285 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 6):
If you pay for my transportation and buy me a 12 pack of Bud I'll whack the fish for you

I have about 15 bottles of Bud in the fridge right now - but a $500 ticket from YYZ to LAS for a $3 fish? We'll have to negotiate further.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 2278 times:

Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 5):
I realize that but I don't know anyone who has a fish tank large enough for this fish.

Not wanting to sound rude to old people, but you could try a local retirement home, they always seem to have a huge tank for the residents to pass time by watching the fish go around Smile



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 2273 times:

Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 7):
I have about 15 bottles of Bud in the fridge right now - but a $500 ticket from YYZ to LAS for a $3 fish? We'll have to negotiate further.

I'm sorry. How about you accidentally fill the fish tank with beer instead of water.

Better yet put some speed in the water.


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 2271 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 9):

I'm sorry. How about you accidentally fill the fish tank with beer instead of water.

No! Do not waste the Bud like that.


User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 2244 times:

Quoting HPLASOps (Thread starter):
Well, now all the other fish have died, and just the scissortail remains.

It depends on what fish you had in your tank. Scissortails (Rasbora Trilineata) are a fork-finned fish, so they are faster than fan-tailed fish; because of that, the fork-tailed able to hog the food. Also, the Rasbora are very hardy, so it is possible that something is wrong with your tank, and less less tolerable fish simply croaked.

Which leads me to this:

Quoting HPLASOps (Thread starter):
The tank is also due for a good thorough cleaning, new rocks, full water change, and sterilization of the glass.

How often do you clean your tank? The carbon filter should be changed every 2-4 weeks, and the gravel vacuumed and water partially changed every 2 weeks.

What to do? a)Clean the tank and filter more often, b)Put only fork-tails in the tank of the same aggressiveness, c)check the Rasbora for any abnormailities (like Cottonmouth, Ick, etc.), or d)eliminate the Rasbora

How do I know this? I used to work the fish department at a pet store for several years-while I was in high school.


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 10):
No! Do not waste the Bud like that.

Waste??? I wouldn't call it a waste, more of a community service.


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2237 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 12):

Waste??? I wouldn't call it a waste, more of a community service.

Why kill a fish with Bud when Foster's is perfectly toxic?  Wink (Actually, I like Foster's)


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

Get him on a plane to KSFB, I'll adopt him into my 20 gallon tank... If you are serious about getting rid of him humanely send me an IM.

User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 49
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

Firstly, I respectfully insist that you donate this fish to another home. Visit your local fish store. If it's a privately owned store, they will likely give you credit for it, which can be applied to other fish and accessories.

If you must kill the fish, put it into a disposable cup, with water from the tank. Then, place the cup in the freezer. The fish will not feel a thing, and be dead within minutes. That is the most humane thing you can do.

I've practiced aquaria for over twenty years now, and almost have a B.S. in marine biology. If you have any more questions, shoot me an email.

BAB



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User currently offlineCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

Plugin your toaster and throw it in the tank. I bet that would make quite a show.

User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

Quoting HPLASOps (Thread starter):
I Think I Need To Whack My Fish

Great. A.netters are so bored, they're giving hand jobs to fish...

I, too, have a fish that won't die. Had a yellow angel for nearly ten years. I keep waiting for him/her to punt the pail so I can go saltwater.


User currently offlineORDRyan28 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 988 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

Quoting HPLASOps (Reply 5):
I was not aware of that possibility.

yes, bring him to a pet store, please do not kill him. they will be more than happy to take him off your hands



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 13):
Foster's is perfectly toxic?

And that's why no one here drinks it  wink 


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

Or you could drastically alter (i.e. increase) the ammonia levels in the tank, but have fun cleaning the algae afterword.

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 14):
Get him on a plane to KSFB, I'll adopt him into my 20 gallon tank... If you are serious about getting rid of him humanely send me an IM.

I will be in SFB on Thursday night, drive through it Friday back and forth and again be there Sunday morning...damn Sanford.


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

Quoting Coz (Reply 16):
Plugin your toaster and throw it in the tank. I bet that would make quite a show.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 


Dude, it's a fish.
Take it out of the tank and watch it flop around for awhile.
Feed it to a stray cat
Stick it in someone's gas tank
Flush it

ect, ect, ect.


User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7089 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

Quoting HPLASOps (Thread starter):
Can anyone recommend the best way to resolve my dilemma?

Get a cat and leave the tank open...



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