First and foremost, this home is TEMPORARY. I know it is far too small for a king and he will be moved very soon to a larger tank, but this is what happened..
A couple of weeks ago at a Petco by my college I fell in love with this beautiful turquoise-ish king betta. He was massive and could hardly move around in his cup. It was so incredibly hard to walk away, especially because I have never seen a king these colors before. But I didn't have a tank or money to buy one.
Fast forward to today. I'm getting an old tank back (2.5gal - not ideal but better than what he has been in) and I just found 2 part-time jobs, so he will be getting a 10 gallon in the not-too-distant future. A friend of mine may also have an adequate tank laying around, she's gonna go look for me. Anyway, back to the story! I was at our football game all day (Rutgers won
) and went back to my apartment with my boyfriend. I told him that I kept thinking about this betta and that I was going to head to Petco to see if he was still there. If he was, there was no way I was leaving him to spend more weeks in that cup he couldn't even MOVE in. I walk into Petco, head straight to the bettas, and I saw him right there! Also saw a dead Delta Tail. :( But all in all the bettas are pretty well kept for, except for the fact that this guy could not swim in his cup. So.. I snatched him.
He's in a temporary heated 1 gallon with some plastic plants and anacharis, but of course will be getting daily water changes. He's unclamping, already ate frozen bloodworms, and definitely seems to enjoy actually being able to SWIM!
Here are some photos of how beautiful he is. He's still unnamed as of now.. I've only had him a couple of hours. :) I'm just *so* happy I was able to rescue him. And even if his temporary home isn't ideal size-wise, at least I know he's in clean water, being fed well, and can actually use those pretty little fins of his to swim!