So I'm starting a sorority--33 gal planted. I really wanted to fill it with aquabid beauties but I just don't have the funds for 10 or so Aquabid fish plus all the transhippings fees etc. especially when I can get a female betta for $3 at the LFS.
So I was at petland picking up some stuff and obviously not planning to buy any fish but went over to look anyway. It was so sad I seriously almost cried; there were about 12 fish left from a shipment of maybe 30 from about 6 weeks ago. They all looked really good when they first came in, but now they are all in rough shape, diseased and dying. Two were dead in their cups. I've been to this petland a few times in the past 6 weeks and it's been so depressing watching these beautiful fish deteriorate. I've already rescued 4 of them (including my little dorsal-finless buddy) and I just wanted to take the rest of them.
Anyway, sorry for the rant... Back to my female story. I noticed one of the cups was empty, which made no sense, because if one had died they would've just taken the whole cup away. then I saw a little dark thing just under the lid. It was a fish! Stuck there. I took the lid off and poked her back in the water and she was still alive. Obviously she was making a valiant attempt to jump to freedom out of her filthy cup, thinking there's just got to be something better out there.
So I walked around a little more, then came back, and she had done it again! So she obviously had to come home with me and be my first sorority girl.
She is very stressed and has no color, but looks like she might be purple and red one day. She's in qt, active and eating, but still clamped and sad:(
Just got home, in her nasty cup.