Anesthetizing Goldfish

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Anesthetizing Goldfish is easier than you think

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Anesthetizing goldfish is easier than you think. Sometimes it’s necessary to put our fish under in order to perform simple procedures, such as removing a lodged stone or trimming a wen

  • Big chill method

It’s only natural for goldfish and Koi to experience a state of dormancy, just as they would in the wild. We can use this attribute to our advantage. Dormant fish have slower blood flow, need less oxygen and feel less pain. Reducing the temperature of a goldfish or Koi can be done safely, giving us an opportunity to perform minor procedures, causing less discomfort

Anesthetizing goldfish 

Scoop the fish up along with some tank water in a one gallon container; add one tablespoon of Garlic Remedy to container water; pour around slowly; mixing with your hand as you do so

Anesthetizing goldfish 

Leave container open and place in refrigerator for two to three hours

Place quart sized container of tank water in freezer for one half hour to an hour before you’re ready to perform procedure. Water should be as cold as possible without freezing

When you’re ready, remove the container with the fish from fridge; remove and replace container water with freezer water; pour in slowly and all around, mixing with your hand as you do so

After chilling the fish it will be in a dormant state, and a stone can more easily be removed or a wen more easily trimmed. Even in a state of dormancy, the fish will have gill movement, breathing slowly. It may respond to your touch, and being handled

Allow container water to warm to tank or pond temps before returning fish home or acclimate fish by exchanging one cup of container
water with main tank or pond water every five minutes, until the temperatures are close to the same

Anesthetizing goldfish

Anesthetizing goldfish

If the procedure is more intense, putting the fish in a deeper state of sleep is recommended, such as using clove oil

  • Clove oil method

In a separate container prepare a bath using main tank water; premix 5 drops of clove oil per gallon of water

Place the fish in the bath, and wait patiently for it to tip sideways after passing out. Place fish on clean towel in well light area for treatment or examination

If the fish seems to be flinching return it to the clove oil water for just a minute longer

After treatment, place fish back in the chilled water; free of clove oil. It will revive in just a few moments

Treatment time should be no longer than 7 minutes

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