Odysseus came from Walmart; I was planning on getting a fish but not that day, but it was love at first sight and I rushed like a crazy person to get all the things he would need and then came back and took the scrawny little guy home.
Penelope I got a few weeks later, I saw her several times when I went to Petsmart to pick something up for Odysseus and despite trying to forget her little face I just couldn't get her out of my mind. I finally managed to convince my parents and went back and brought her home. :) I was told by an employee that because she was a girl, and a cellophane, he believed she would have been there until she died. Based on what I see whenever I go to this store, I believe it, and I'm so glad she's with me. She is such a personality and joy to have around.
Rigsby was the fish of the people in the room next to mine in my dorm. They kept him in a tiny vase, never changed the water, and did things like put lettuce in the water, somehow thinking that it would be good for him. When I found out, I offered to nurse him back to health, took him to our room, and then eventually, to my great relief, he was given to me.
Phoenix is the newest, and I feel the saddest for how he came to me. I first saw him when I was at Petsmart the day I got Odysseus, which was about seven or eight months ago now. Every time I went back I would see him again, slowly getting thinner and more faded each time. I was absolutely devastated that I couldn't bring him home and it haunted me for months, but finally recently I was given the opportunity and brought him home, to my great relief. He was so skinny he was transparent, had almost no color, and was (still is) less than half of the size he should be. He was at the store for at least eight months, maybe longer, but somehow he managed to hold out all that time. He's doing much better now and has become extremely spunky!