I realise a lot of members here are young people, and I am a mother of a teenage girl... so I am cautious to suggest meeting up with people you don't know, off the internet.
That said, I also notice a lot of folks not able to afford tank updates, etc.
While I am of the firm opinion that if a person can afford to buy take-out or CD's, they can blimmin' well afford a $10 heater or fish tank to make their pet comfortable.. I DO understand that this economic climate is a rough one for many people. Me included!
What I am proposing is a 'free to good home donation thread'. Name your city and what you have spare lying around the house.. a working heater, an old kritter keeper, a tank, filter, some tubing..
If somebody wants it, they can either pay for postage or arrange to meet up IN A PUBLIC PLACE AND WITH A PARENT/NOT ALONE to pick up the goods. Because creeps are everywhere. Some of them even keep fish...
--- No livestock --- is another suggestion. Just 'hardware' for fishkeeping.
--- And no greedy people snapping up everything and anything while they have 15 bettas, a 20 gallon sitting at home fully decked out, and disposable income! Grabbers ought to have their hands smacked. ;)
Mods, I completely understand if you don't think this is a great idea (this thread is just to feel the idea out, please don't post offers here!). But it's distressing to see so many inexperienced folks wanting to do good by their fish they've already bought, and $10 or $15 worth of essentials being out of their reach.
Discussion/ideas to help people to help others would be awesome.