Originally Posted by veganchick
There are males and females. Most all are fairly sick and I'm afraid it would kill them all off it I put them in a tank with a billion different fish and a billion different disease types spreading. There is one fish in every container. I do have a few rubber made tubs, but I will need pics of all these fish for their adoption adds, and they are much easier to see in nice fish tanks. Plus if people come to look at them in person, it is a much nicer looking. I KNOW that a half gallon is WAAAAAAAAAAY to small to permanently house a betta fish (I never permanently keep one in anything less than 4g, and I like to keep most in 12g tanks) but I could NOT fit 63 4g or larger tanks in my house, none the less maintain them all (with the sick fish they need daily water changes). I am sorry that you feel I am abusing these fish.
Don't get me wrong , I have no doubt that fish are sick, and that proper diet along with improved water conditions will go a long way towards restoring the fishes health. Water changes alone more often as not will allow a fishes immune sytem to combat all manner of Illness without the need for medication which should always be last resort.IMHO.
I am assuming it will be some weeks before the fish are offered for adoption and is why I suggested a tub or bucket. There ,,,the fish are easily treated if meds are needed,proper doses of meds are easier to figure.no chance of spreading possible parasites or bacterial pathogens to numerous tanks,bowls,etc. Water changes that will provide the best benefits are easier,and maintaining temperatures that don't fluctuate as easily as they do in smaller containers are also made easier.
You only need to treat one container rather than twenty or thirty if medications are needed.
Personally, I think what you are doing is admirable. Just trying to point out things that may make it esier for you while at the same time,, providing the fishes with some benefits as well.
If I could house all the young females in one tub, then that is what I would do were it me. Once the fish were healthy ,I might then place them in tank for photos or viewing.
I would not indiscriminately begin medicating already stressed fish until I observed what a couple weeks of daily or twice daily water changes and proper diet did for the fish which I'mn sure is what you are planning.
If as last resort, I felt medication was the way forward,, I would use one set of tools for sick tank or tanks. I would not use same net,cups,syphons,glass scrapers,sponges,etc from one tank to another and by keeping the number of sick fishes confined to as few containers as possible,,, things will be much easier to manage. Opinions Vary.