Get the wild one.
As I've mentioned before-
the prettiest ones get taken by other people, simply because they are the nicest bettas in the shop and... well, they are pretty, while the not-so-prefered ones- for example, with damaged fins, not as nice colors, and re-grown fins, are not picked, and spend the rest of their lives in cups- they will not last more than a year, at most. Probably a few months.
The wild one has re-grown fins, which, yes, are not as nice, but he will probably never get picked, while the pretty ones will.
So I say get the wild one! He'll live a good life and probably recover well.
I went to Petsmart yesterday, and there was a purple female, a pineapple boy, an orange boy, and a gorgeous peach dal- and then, there was a purple boy with clear fins. I chose the purple boy (Marmaduke, my avatar) because he was sick, laying at the bottom of his cup, and not as pretty as the other ones.
Just because he doesn't look so well, doesn't mean he won't survive with you. Look at my two boys, Marmaduke and Spiridion- they were both lying at the bottom of their cups, extremely pale. They are much better- normal, active, healthy bettas now!
Even if he might have an illness of some sort, it is extremely satisfying to see that betta recover in your care. I have 3 parasitic bettas (Spiridion, Marmaduke, and Tallulah-Faye) who I all got with parasites, and they are all almost recovered- except for Marmaduke, who I got yesterday. But even he has shown some improvement in the short day that I've had him!
So I say get the wild one.
In the hobby for 9 years.
Last edited by Betta Slave; 06-17-2010 at 05:11 PM.