So, yesterday I had to go grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. Of course, I had to stop & look at the fish section & see if there were any interesting decorations or tanks. I also looked over at the actual fish to see if they carried bettas. To my surprise, there were no bettas in cups, so I just went to look at the fish tanks & viola! There was a betta in one of the fish tanks. He was in a tank with a pleco that was rotting at the bottom. The pleco was at least double the size of the betta. There were no plants or decor for the betta to hide in, so it was hiding in the corner behind the dead pleco to get away from the huge current they had going on in the tank. He's gills were working pretty hard & I think that was because he had a hard time getting to the top for air with the current. Plus, there was probably a lot of icky stuff in the water from the pleco. It had been dead for a while. Then, I looked through the rest of the tanks to make sure that there were no other bettas. There were not, at least not live ones. There was one dead one floating around & around in a tank with a bunch of glofish.
Even though, with the passing of my Indigo, my bettas have come down to the manageable number of 4 (because that's all the tanks I have), I decided that I need to save this betta in with this dead pleco. I had recently taken all my bettas home from college during Thanksgiving break, but I still had fish food at my dorm & it was getting lonely not coming home from class to my fish. My boyfriend is going to kill him.
Anyway, I grabbed the cheapest heater, some water conditioner, a hidey-hole, a thermometer, & a 1.5 gallon pet keeper (that's the only size they had & I am absolutely broke, I really shouldn't have bought anything but food). I had some rocks in my dorm & a betta hammock I have added in as well.
Then, I couldn't find an employee near the fish department, so I went over to the electronics & asked some mouth-breathing kid to ask someone to come to the fish area. He did. I went back to wait. I waited 10 minutes & no one came, so I checked to see if the fish tanks were not locked. They weren't. I grabbed a fish bad & followed the instructions for getting the fish out for customers that was on the wall & proceeded to bag this poor betta. Once I got him in the bad, I put the bag into the pet kieeper I had. I finished my shopping & then went & through the self-checkout aisle & just scanned the pet keeper with the betta inside it. I stole this betta & got away with it! Serves them right, treating it that way. He would have been $7. Not much, but considering the conditions & that I'm broke anyways. As soon as I get my spare heater from home, I'm going to return this new heater & return the thermometer & get a new one. I don't need the new heater, so I'll get $15 back too & the thermometer is broken. I don't think the heater is working well anyways.
So, here he is. I named him Tie-Dye. He's a male crowntail. He's kinda purple & orange. I think he's very pretty. His personality hasn't come out yet. He did eat for me today though. Twice. Four pellets. He likes his betta hammock. Doesn't move around a lot, but will if I tap the tank. I hope he settles in soon.