Oil of Cloves for Koi and Pond Fish Anesthesia

Oil of Cloves for Koi and Pond Fish Anesthesia
Written by Dr Erik johnson

Equipment:

  • Bucket
  • Pondwater
    Oil of Cloves
  • Dropper
  • Ziploc baggie or small jar

You should place the fish in a five gallon bucket with three gallons of it’s accustomed tank water. Make sure the bucket is aerated and cool.

Oil of Cloves for Koi and Pond Fish Anesthesia

You should get 100% pure Oil Of Cloves or you could get “Tooth Ache” remedy which is 85% Eugenol.
When using Oil of Cloves, put five drops per gallon (after emulsification, see note below) into the bucket.

Getting oil of cloves is easy at Amazon.com 

Emulsification: You have to emulsify the anesthetic. Simply place the required number of drops of Clove oil into the ziploc baggie or jar with a little bit of the bucket water, cap it, shake it ’til it becomes whitish fluid, then pour this emulsion into the bucket with the fish.

The fish should be asleep in about seven to ten minutes. You should still see gill movement.

Sometimes it takes more or less depending upon temperature. The water should be aerated.

You need to WATCH the anesthetic process and the fish! You can begin the handling and other procedure when the fish is still slightly active, but not actually capable of struggling when picked up. If you leave the fish in the oil mixture until gill movement ceases entirely, you have likely killed the fish. If gill movements become too rare, (less than five excursions per minute) then you should rinse the gills with fresh water from the tank.

Failure to have someone watching the status of the fish is where most of them die. Then some fool blames the anesthetic dose, and not the anesthetist!!!

Taking fish to the brink of death is not easy with Oil of Cloves. You can dose them with 100x overdose for fifteen minutes and lose only a few of the fish.

Deliberate attempts at humane euthanasia with Oil of Cloves are sometimes not successful. The fish revive after being placed in fresh water for up to two hours.

Never give up on a fish which seems to have “died” under anesthesia with this very safe compound.

Enter your email address for a free PDF of this article including its images.

Enter your Email Address

My Favorite Amazon Recommendations

Items and content will not show in "Reader View" check your browser.

This is The LCD Screen Scope
We Did The Tutorial With. I did a twenty page tutorial (Here's the tutorial) with video, audio, images and even little parasite movies to show you how to use a microscope. 

This Filter is Good For BIG Dirty Tanks
I've been wrestling with water quality with the turtles. The sponges work GREAT, but in THOSE turtle systems where they eat MICE the poops are bulky. This filter can handle it. In "Tortu's" tank, it's got an 800 gph pump and it rocks. 

PraziPro for Flukes
They nailed it. Figured out the solubility and worked out the dosing. It works. 

Buy Some Good Koi?
No, this isn't really for the 'high end' collector y'all. But for someone who isn't near a decent garden center, here are "good-to-quite-good" Koi you will like at a very good price. I know these guys personally.

Best Food, Ever
It's made for (and I discovered it for) my Blood Parrots but the small size, intense color enhancers and excellent formulation make it superb young-Koi food. Oh, and it's AMAZING on color-cichlids like Flowerhorn and Blood Parrots. 

Pro Air 60 Aerator is a VERY high output air pump pushing my whole fish room (17+ drops), and I have one at home driving everything there, and I have one as a back up. 

Formalin Malachite (Not dilute)
There are formalin malachite preparations at 10%, 22% and 37%. There's economy in the concentrates. Hard to get Prime shipping because air transport is curtailed. This is a good value on 32 ounces. 

Topical For Koi and Pond Fish Ulcers
I like 7% tincture of iodine because it stains but it's hard to hurt anything with it. Used with a WOVEN gauze, this works well to clean and disinfect a wound. Only use ONCE. Do not 'repeatedly' scrub wounds. 

Confectioner's Glaze 
Is the way to bind a medication to fish food. Gone are the days of paste food and oil. The write up is done, it's RIGHT HERE.

Koi Health & Disease
Hopefully this link takes you to the newest edition by PRIME to get it to your house the fastest. 

I have over ten of these Titanium Heaters in my fish room and at home. They're a paradigm shift in aquarium heating. They're titanium and 400W for under $30! Whaaaaaaaaat?

CyroPro by Hikari is safe and easy for Anchor Worms and Fish Lice.

Whatever heaters you use, back yourself up with a temperature controller, it'll turn on, and off your heaters. If your heater seizes "on" at least the thermostat will stop a tragedy. 

LifeGuard by Tetra is a tablet version of a tame 'chloramine-t' or 'halamid' compound that's easy to get and good on bacterial infections, in baths. 

Antimicrobial
If you're making medicated feed for a larger group of fish, this will come in handy. Dosing is available in the site. 

For me, filtration-of-choice
For aquariums, even small Koi holding facilities or small ponds. These sponge filters are cheap, easy to clean, and they clear hazes very well when used with some Accuclear or similar.

Rubber sided, round, nettable tanks
Make great hospital or quarantine facilities. They SHOULD cost about $200-300 depending on size, but this, lower quality unit (while panned in some reviews) may be good. Don't overfill and make sure it's propped up.

1200 Watt heater, on a thermostat held securely above the waterline, works GREAT as a large tank heater. That's all I'll say because there's risk of electrocution and all that. But then, even in a bucket you could get killed. Sound like fun?
I have several of these ALLIED PRECISION stainless ones that are a couple years old. Working still. 

Potassium Permanganate 
500 grams could be a lifetime supply but it's 50% more than the 100g cost wise, for 500% more amount. Dosing is in the site and the book.

What Does Ajax Eat?
I looked for something well formulated, with meat as the first ingredient. Something UNDER $2/lb and something they could deliver for free. And this was it. He looks and feels great on it.