Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Coon Rapids, MN
Becoming a Rescuer
Alright so since Nix has been making leaps and bounds since I saved her little tail end from petco I have been toying with the idea of taking up becoming a fish rescuer. Finding sick and needy fish is stores, getting them for free or discounted, reviving them back to health, and then finding them wonderful forever homes. It seems a few of you guys do that on here as well and I would like to know a few things before I ship off to get supplies and start planning my fish rescue career.
What is the best size for a hospital tank?
What are the best fungus medications? Bacterial? Parasite treatments?
Aside from AS, ES, and IAL what else should I have for emergencies and betta health care? I already have the Aquarium salt and LOTS of stress coat.
What is the best method of rescuing fish (IE getting the petshops to give them to you for free or for a discount. What points to bring up on discount, tactics, which stores are most likely to fold under pressure of ill fish?)
Where is the best place (aside from here) to adopt out fish?
What would you yourself give out to a new owner of a rescue fish? (emergency kit, starter food, care sheet with basic care information? Your contact in case of emergencies.)
I have fostered and cared for sick rodents for my old shelter so I know how time consuming it can be caring for sick animals, especially small ones who can go from URI to dead in a matter of hours but I also know the endless rewards of saving an animal and finding it a wonderful home where they will be well cared for. I don't intend to make money off this seeing as adoption of fish would be a small fee to put back into other rescues. It's more a I am sick of seeing sick betta's suffer and die in stores and want to give the few I can a second chance at a new and better life.
Also for any seasoned fish rescuers do you have any tricks of your own for betta recoveries and some advice for a novice fish rescuer? I think I'll start working with rescuing in late January once everything with my band is settled and I have all the time in the world to put towards sick fish.
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