I thought I would write this for everyone who has ever thought of starting their own betta rescue. Starting and running a rescue is extremely wonderful, heartwarming and rewarding, but also time consuming, expensive and potentially heartbreaking. You need a strong will, a strong constitution, determination and dedication.
• Decide where you will run the rescue out of; your room, your basement, the family room, the garage, etc.
• Determine your startup costs. Tanks, heaters, food (flake, pellet, live and frozen), décor, nets meds, water change supplies, water conditioners, and shipping supplies (if you plan on shipping out certain adoptable fish) need to be taken into consideration.
• How many tanks do you want to have running? What sizes? Will you have individual heaters in all tanks, or will the room be a heated “fish room”?
• Decide how many fish you will be able to care for at one time, and stick to that number
, even if it means turning away potential rescues! One of the biggest killers of animal rescues is taking in more animals then you can handle at one time!
• Decide whether or not you will ask an adoption fee, and how much that adoption fee will be if you choose to have one.
• Are you willing to ship certain bettas to their new homes if you find an adopter that is not within driving distance? Will you offer discounted shipping rates, and pay the rest out of pocket? Or will you charge full shipping prices?
o Here’s a link to a great article on how to ship properly: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....light=zenandra
It’s very important to always have a wide variety of medicines on hand, because you never know what sort of illness or injury you may have to treat. Here is a list of medical supplies that I recommend always having on hand
• Stress Coat
• Epsom Salt
• Aquarium Salt
• Quick Cure
• Garlic Guard
• API Triple Sulfa
• API Fungus Cure
• Maracyn 1&2
Everyone determines what counts as a rescue differently, so I will let you make your own calls about what you would consider a rescue. But I would like to go over what I would consider the different “levels” of betta rescues, from the beginner level rescues, to the advanced rescues.
1. “The Beginner Level Rescue”
– This fish will have minor and easily treated problems such as a minor tail rips but no rot (Biting), Stress, Emaciation etc. It will not require any heavy medication, and will be able to be treated with just clean, warm water, a good diet and possibly a bit of salt. This fish has a very good chance of healing and living a long, happy life.
2. “The Intermediate Level Rescue”
– This fish will have issues that are more serious, but still treatable, such as: Fin rot, Bloat, Swimbladder, Ick, Velvet, Ammonia burns, External Parasites, Popeye, etc. This fish will require medication beyond the clean, warm water and salt, but still has a good chance for recovery.
3. “The Advanced Level Rescue”
– This fish will have severe and difficult to treat problems, such as: Internal Bacterial infections, Body Rot, Open Sores, Severe (laying on its side, gasping) Ammonia Poisoning, Internal Parasites, Dropsy, Colmunaris, Etc. This fish may require strong and expensive medication, and may have a low chance of surviving.
4. “The Sympathy Euthanasia Rescue”
– This is a fish that has no chance of survival. It may have severe open wounds, or be in the advanced stages of colmunaris, dropsy, etc. And the kindest thing that can be done is to take this fish home and end its suffering.
Here are links to some good articles on different diseases and treatments
And while the topic of euthanasia has been brought up, there is a link to a good article on that as well.
This is just a base write-Up to help those of you who have an interest in rescuing, and I will add more tips as I think of them!