Another tank sits empty as the ol' boy passed on. I got him as a wounded betta, stuck in a tank of cichlids/gouramis in the store, then removed just to die in a cup. He had two large gashes rendering him unable to flare fully, his fins a mess, scales were missing, and I was told "I don't think he'll live. Are you SURE you want him?" And I still got him. He pulled through very well, chewed back his tail when it came in, then from a quarantine container he was moved to a 20 gallon to be by himself happily.
At 2.5 he died, which to me is a great age for the fact he was received as a sick, wounded fish! I'm not sad he passed away, but greatful for the fact he lived the rest of his live in a loving home