So i was in the petstore picking up a few things and of course i took a stroll past the betta shelves. Well, i saw this lovely halfmoon cellophane male, tail ripped to shreds, lying listlessly against the side of his cup
I moved his cup to the front of the shelf (it was pushed behind another one and i actually thought he was dead at first) and watched him for a while. He had one of those cute black mustache lines and eventually perked up a bit and came to say hi.
I did a quick evaluation of the situation, injured fish, me with a spare 3 g in the house... all i'd need would be heater. The fish was clearly not in the best shape so i bet i could have got discount at the register. But... i didn't get him.
The 3 g i have needs to be cleaned thoroughly, the last thing int here were some saltwater corals i was holding for a guy to come and buy. I'm also going on vacation in three weeks for 9 days and while my dad is babysitting my other tanks i doubt a 3 g with a potentially sick fish in could go 9 days without a wc. My dad is great but i don't think he's up to wcs.
So... did i do the right thing leaving him there? I walked around he store maybe 4 times and came back to check on him, at one point an attendant asked if everything was alright. When i left he was at least at the top of his cup so maybe someone will see how lovely he is and take him.
I can't help but feel guilty.