Today I made plans to make a divider for my 10-gallon tank. I got the craft mesh this morning at Michael's ($1.26 for two sheets). But I couldn't find any of the plastic report binders to use for the sides, so I made a Walmart run. But when I got to walmart, I of course entered through the garden section, which is beside the fish section, and the betta fish sit RIGHT BESIDE THE DOOR.
So, as these stories usually go on here, I was appalled by the state of the betta (one was already dead in brown water, poor thing) and there were SO MANY! And this Walmart is in a little podunk town where next to nobody is getting fish, so it breaks my heart to leave any of them there. And some were REALLY beautiful, one was definitely a pineapple pattern, another was almost all white... but I figured if any fish were going to find other homes it would be the really pretty ones. I go for the underdogs.
The two I picked had some issues and I didn't think they would last long if left there. One has curled, thin fins, and the other is lethargic, laying in a huge amount of his own waste.
So I came home and went to work making the divider, putting the tank together, and now I'm just waiting for it to heat up so I can get the boys out of these filthy cups!
Oh, and I have a habit of naming fish after literary characters, so I decided on Oberon and Puck for these guys. We'll see if their personalities match their names!
Pictures to come (as soon as I remember how to put them on here...)