Can I put my fish in the toilet?
Fish are not considered a flushable item and septic systems are only meant to handle waste and toilet paper. If the fish does get stuck in your pipes, an infestation or blockage will likely occur and it could lead to a significant issue, where you are responsible for the repairs by your insurance.
Can I flush my fish alive?
If you think you’re releasing your goldfish back into the wild when you flush it down the toilet, think again. You’re most likely killing it within a couple of minutes because of the way city water is treated. That’s if they make it that far. Typically the cold water of the toilet puts the fish into shock.
How do you humanely put down a fish?
Unlike veterinary anaesthetics, clove oil is readily available from most chemists. Around 0.4ml of clove oil per litre of aquarium water is sufficient to cause death in exposed fish. The clove oil should be mixed with a little warm water first before slowly adding it to the aquarium water containing the fish.