I went into Petco today to get some new aquatic plants. I'm totally re-doing a 5 gallon tank with all new plants, new gravel and filter media from my 40G .. new everything....
I went into Petco with the sole purpose of getting aquatic plants. I didn't even [i]want[i] a new betta today. I wanted to cycle my new tank first, and find the perfect new betta.
Well, it must have been past the day when these poor things should have had their water changed.. Some of them weren't doing very well, and had dirty water.
I told myself I would look around, and if one stood out to me and won my heart that I'd take them home tonight, and keep them in a KK until the new tank is ready.
I had made my rounds and saw some stunning fish, none of them won my heart though. Not until I walked over by the sink area and saw two cups sitting there. My heart sank.. I knew they couldn't be there for a good reason. One had a dead baby betta (a bright pretty white one) and the other cup had a male. At first the only thing I saw was all the black gunk at the bottom of the cup.. then I saw a little fish body with tattered at the top. I picked it up, expecting to see another dead fish.. but I saw movement! I believe the cup was labeled double tail male. The fish in that cup was pale, barely breathing and had very tattered and rotted fins. His little body was so skinny... I was appalled.
I had to say something. I couldn't leave this fish, he needed to be helped. All of them needed to be helped.. I wish I had more room.
At first glance I thought he was too far gone.. that nothing I could do for him would be enough. That thought quickly faded because I knew that anything I could do for him was more than he'd get at that store in that hell cup.
He does tend to rest on his side, but I'm hoping that clean warm water will help him a bit..
I still had to get my plants, so I called someone over. I told the first person that this fish is in deplorable shape and I want to take him as an adoption. He immediately got his manager.
At first he said that they change the water a few time a week, that he won't sell me a sick fish. I explained how they should never have let it get that bad in the first place. I told him I felt it was animal cruelty. He said they treat sick fish, or send them back the the vendor and that they would send this guy back with the vendor tomorrow. He said he gives sick bettas Betta Fix. I was holding back so much anger at this point.. I calmly told him that I've been keeping these guys for a few years, I know how to treat a sick fish, and that a fish as sick and damaged as this one would die in transit back to the vendor.
He was very adamant about not letting me have him. Good thing I'm stubborn!
I also have a pharmacy on hand.. I have Triple Sulfa, Erthromycin, Kanaplex, General Cure, Fungus Cure, Prazipro, Coppersafe on hand.
He finally caved, and gave me this poor sick little boy as an adoption. And I got some plants.
I don't know what to do for this fish.. I have him in about a gallon of water with aquarium salt, Prime, and Kordon's fish protector. He has colored up quite a bit since he's been in warmer water and I'm hoping this is a good sign.
I hope he makes it, because when my tank is all set up it will be a great forever home for him.
Here he is! I had his bag floating in the QT tank while the water heated up so the temperature wouldn't shock him. I swear he colored up a bunch! At the store he was mostly a gray with light red. I hope this is a good sign!
Close up on his tail fin (fins?)
Close up on his mouth, not sure if his lip is like that, or rotted off
He's resting on the heater, I also have a silk plant in there for him to rest on