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    Question how to preserve fish or anthing else

    Does anyone know how to perserve fish your any other animals or where to get supplies to do so ??????? I have a freezer full of dead fish I've been saving for year's mostly salt water like clown triggers that I don't want to trash but freezers getting full.





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    you can probably pickle it in a jar with something as simple as rubbing alcohol, I've seen it work for about 5 years, not sure about long term though
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    Preservation
    use 70% alcohol for preservation (or at least maintenance of perservation) of our specimens...this is diluted from the 95% stuff we keep on hand in the lab. the actual preservation/fixation, however, is done with formaldehyde. if the fish is larger than just a few inches then i cut the belly so the chemical can enter into the insides of the fish and preserve everything. the fish stays in the form. solution for a couple days. if its a gar or bichir, a fish that has rigid bony scales, then i take the fish out after 2-3 days and just let it air dry. the fish is now dry preserved.

    if doing a standard preservation i take the fish out after 2-3 days and let it sit in a container of water to soak out the formalin. after a day in the water the fish is removed and placed into a container of 70% alcohol for long-term preservation.
    as far as using other alcohol, i think as long as its relatively pure and the proof is about 140 you should be ok...in theory --
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    You could also use super worm (yes the ones you feed to arowana) in preserving the fish. It will look mummyfied but its preserved. If you don't want that kind of preservation then do the formalin.
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    Thanks any other suggestions or how about places to buy alcohol at that 70% to 95%



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    Quote Originally Posted by beblondie;2043390;
    Preservation
    use 70% alcohol for preservation (or at least maintenance of perservation) of our specimens...this is diluted from the 95% stuff we keep on hand in the lab. the actual preservation/fixation, however, is done with formaldehyde. if the fish is larger than just a few inches then i cut the belly so the chemical can enter into the insides of the fish and preserve everything. the fish stays in the form. solution for a couple days. if its a gar or bichir, a fish that has rigid bony scales, then i take the fish out after 2-3 days and just let it air dry. the fish is now dry preserved.

    if doing a standard preservation i take the fish out after 2-3 days and let it sit in a container of water to soak out the formalin. after a day in the water the fish is removed and placed into a container of 70% alcohol for long-term preservation.
    as far as using other alcohol, i think as long as its relatively pure and the proof is about 140 you should be ok...in theory --
    So i could preserve a fish in Everclear? sweet, good for mixing AND preserving!
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    Hmm interesting I didnt know
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    What about taxidermey?



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    I preserve animals as a hobby and have just about over 100 diff specimens ranging from kangaroos rabbits seahorses birds spiders etc. I air dry or soak in metho - i no its not the best way of preserving.

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