I'm sorry you all got into a debate over this. Sorry that my post asked for first hand experiences from someone who'd used clove oil, and that very few people paid any attention to what I was asking. I didn't ask to be lectured on the more humane methods of cutting off Thunders head. I really wish people would stay on the topic, and answer my question. Civil discussion or not, I've got the violent stomach and intestinal flu, and certainly did not appreciate the mental images about something I wasn't even inquiring about.
I've been on this board for years, read all the stickies (though its helpful to post it as always). I really didn't need advice about a more 'humane' way, I don't have the stomach for that, even healthy, no matter how humane it may be. That wasn't what I was asking for. I asked for personal experience. Sad really, how so many people miss the point. Sure has been a great week for me, had my birthday not a soul remembered except my mother and husband... What could be better that to celebrate with the flu? Losing a beloved fish.
Regardless, I used clove oil. 1/3 of the tiny bottle. The water was yellow, I pour him and a little more water in, and he was gone before he even hit the bottom of the little cup. Its fast, painless and I put him in the freezer after to make sure. He didn't even flick a fin in struggle. So, I think amount is the key here.... more the better. And thanks Wendy, for your first hand experience. I had forgotten about your trama, and had it not been your comment I would have used the 10 drop dose I read about... that would certainly have not been enough and he would have had the same problems as Indy.
Thankfully he's gone peacefully, and thankfully I finally got out of the house to get something for him. I'm still quite violently ill every time my Imodium wears off, so there wasn't a chance before now.