How to Save a Dying Fish Scientific Way

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Fishes look so good swimming around in their fish tank. They look healthy and are at complete peace. Simply staring at the fish gives you peace of mind and tranquility. But what goes inside a fish tank? Only the fish knows! If the environment is shaken even for a tiny bit, it can prove harmful for the fish and may lead to death.

Sometimes, when your finned pet dies, you may think it has died for no reason. But, there are many reasons a fish may come under pressure and die. Fish dying after cleaning the fish tank is an example.

However, you are saved from the pain of losing your finned buddies because you can tell if your fish is dying and learn how to revive your fish in time.

In this article, we will talk about how to save your dying fish.

Why Do Fish Die?

Before you can identify the cause of stress in your fish, you must understand the reasons a fish may die for. There are plenty of reasons why a fish dies. The most common ones are:

- Water poisoning. Heavy amount of ammonia and nitrite may lead to low oxygen level. This causes strain in a fish and may lead to death.
- A large amount of water change may disrupt the equilibrium of the fish tank. Fishes take a long time to adapt to an environment. This abrupt change may put a lot of stress on fishes.
- Water quality cannot be ignored. You must keep a constant check on the salinity and pH levels of the tank.
- A sudden change in temperature is not good for fishes. Fishes are used to gradual temperature change but not drastic.
- Toxic substances from cleaning detergents and soaps are harmful to a fish tank. Avoid accidentally dropping these into the fish tank.
- Overfeeding is always harmful to your fish. Although the fish may appear to be hungry every now and then, you must stick to offering a few mouthfuls one time on each day.
- Isolate the unhealthy fish in the tank. Because they may spread the disease to other fishes of the tank.

Effective Ways of Saving a Fish

You come back home to find a fish missing from your fish tank. You look around and see it lying on the surface outside the fish tank. You may think, with a sinking feeling, that your fish is dead. But before you upset yourself, check if the fish can be saved.

You can know if your fish is not dead yet by looking at its eyes. If it's bulging outside, there are chances that your fish may survive. Fish will generally look dried out with intact fins and tail. In this case, the fish is still not dead.

After you establish that your fish can be saved, you can take a deep breath of relief and proceed further with the next steps immediately. Because delay by every second could cost your fish's life.

- Firstly, place the fish in a different tank of fish water. Because if you place it with other fishes, they may nip and nibble the delicate fish. The oxygen in the tank will fill life into the fish.
-  Handle your fish really carefully. Because when you hold your fish in your hand, it may look rigid. You must not bend the fish or do any other movement to loosen up the fish. This may damage the internal organs of the fish.
- Carefully remove the dirt off the fish. The gills maybe sometimes covered with dirt due to which the fish may have difficulty in breathing. Stroke the sides of the fish gently with your fingers to clean it.
- Once you clean the fish, it is time to free the gills so that the fish could breathe easily. You can gently stroke the gills to unglue it. Or you can even stroke the underside of the belly of the fish to prompt the fish into breathing and unclogging the gills.
- Once the gills are free, the fish needs time to take a deep breath full of oxygen. You must make sure the water you have put the fish in, is well oxygenated. You can achieve this by using air stone or air blubber. This process also helps to maintain optimum temperature in the fish tank. The overall effect will help the fish to get back to its original state quickly.
- Once the fish is up and moving, you have time to make sure the fish gets what it needs to recover and become fully fit. There are few things that can help quicken the process. The most effective way is Saltwater treatment.

Carefully dip your fish in saltwater. But the procedure must be done carefully. There are two types of salt that can be beneficial to fish - Epsom salt and Aquarium salt. Both the salts remove wastes and toxins from the fish body and help it to heal. You can add 1 tablespoon of salt per gallon of water. Then, keep your fish in salt water for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove your fish from the salt water immediately and transfer it to its fish tank, if it shows any signs of stress.

- The other beneficial methods include garlic water treatment. Garlic has medicinal values and it mainly provides immunity to your fish against deadly diseases. Chlorophyll treatment is another great way of recovery for your fish. It boosts the fish's immune system. The stress coat water conditioner treatment is the best of all.  It helps the fish in healing the wounds by giving it a stress-free environment.


Finding out your fish is on the edge of its life and ultimately saving it gives you an altogether different satisfaction. However, it can be too dangerous to risk the fish's life for one's satisfaction. Make sure you give a stress-free environment for your fish to thrive and grow. Even a little alteration in the chemistry of the tank may lead to death. You must daily dedicate a certain amount of your time to taking care of your fish. By doing this, you may never have to worry about going through all the above steps.

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