I was looking on the local classifieds today and someone is giving away their blue betta, his bowl and his food for free because they don't have time to look after him any more. I'm guessing this betta probably isn't the best looked after. I really want to take him in and feed him up until one of my friends can take him and give him a good permanent home. Here's the problem:
The last time I did this, I got Apollo in his unheated 1 litre jar. Put him in my heated 5 gallon and his tail fell off overnight. Obviously I couldn't rehome him like that, so I had to nurse him back to health multiple times. Every time I had a home lined up, his fin rot came back with a vengeance.
This blue guy would go into (probably) my 3 gallon ex-shrimp tank with a sponge filter and heater, plus lots of lovely little decorations for him to hide in. The trouble is, I know my mum does not want me to set up another tank AGAIN and she'd just be scared this would be a repeat of Apollo.
My plan this time would only be to keep him for 2 weeks as a quarantine fish before sending him off to my friend who runs an aquatic business (stocking, creating and maintaining tanks for various places like childcare centres). If she can't take him, well heck, I'm a comittee member for the local aquarium club. I'll find someone.
The trouble is, I'm worried I would just fall in love with him. You know what bettas are like. You can't help it. :S
What do I do?