So, I stop by petco and petsmart several times a week, just to look at fish. I happily admit that I have a betta obsession
So, as I'm looking around, I find this little guy listing a bit in his cup, and on closer inspection, I see that he has a bit of rot or bacterial infection. I debate with myself, then hunt down the manager and explain that he is sick and ask if they treat their fish. He says yes, they do get treated and separated from the rest. I tell him about my sorority and my males, and explain that I would be interested in rescuing and rehabbing the fish.
He says that policy states they can't do that, as they "don't sell sick fish." I say "but you wouldn't be selling him
", and we chat a little more, and he finally says "I would be willing to adopt him out to you." I thanked him profusely, told him what I'd do to rehab him (warm, clean water, a bit of salt treatment if necessary) and that if I can get him back to health, I'll bring photos. I did also purchase a crowntail I've been looking at all week (will make a thread for him).
The boy I adopted is a halfmoon plakat, and he is very pretty despite his infection. I've tested my old 10gal for leakage, and it's holding half capacity with no signs of losing water, so he will be going in there until he's well and can go into the 15gal divided with Duckie and the halfmoon.
Here's some photos. I think I can get him well without a problem, he's not far gone and may not even need anything more than simple clean, warm water. 15 dollar fishy for free