My lovely betta fish with the purple watercolor face named Barnaby…
I had to put him to sleep. It was a difficult decision, made equally difficult by the fact that I’d have to do it myself, since vets don’t do this kind of thing. Relax, I found a humane way on google: read on.
He was not eating, and barely swimming. I tried everything:
—water changes and medicine (stress coat. Bettafix)
Since I figured the water might have become chilly due to fall, I tried moving a space heater near his tank. I monitored it with a fish thermometer to make sure the water was within safe levels, but it was too late. No change.
My little dude that made so many bubble nests and was super-active was no longer the happy guy he used to be. He was suffering.
Turns out that you can humanely put a fish to sleep with a combination of clove oil and vodka. Clove oil makes the fish sleep and when you see him ‘sleeping’ you get your fish drunk and he passes away peacefully. I wish it was less of a silly thing, but yep, that’s how you do it. XD
I know it may seem weird, but he kept me company in the studio. I used to talk to him and everyone who saw him in person thought he was a special and unusual fish. I loved watching him make a new bubble nest every week. (The white stuff at the top of his tank in the third picture)
This picture is of Barnaby, what I think he would have looked like if he was human. Kinda flamboyant, you say? He’s a betta and rocks those so-called ‘girly colors’.
Mother nature is having none of your gender stereotyping.
I love you Barnaby. This is for you. <3