While on the hunt for my dinner at Meijer, I walked past the pet section and saw four disgusting, murky cups sitting on the betta shelf. Certainly there can't be fish in those, I told myself, but like a horrible trainwreck, I couldn't look away. I wandered over to investigate... and saw dark shapes in the disgusting liquid they were passing off as "water". One of them was dead. The other three were... well... not in a good way. I could see shapes, but not really colors... until one of the bettas swam over to the front of the cup. He kept watching me and watching me... until I eventually picked him up and went to the register (forgot about dinner, too... oops). The cashier TIPPED THE CUP UPSIDE DOWN to get the stupid SKU, and didn't seem to even care that he had dumped out a bunch of water or that he had dazed the poor fish! But he survived his ordeal and made it home with me.
Sadly, I don't have room to permanently house this fish. I will be offering him up for adoption at no charge to a member of this forum (US only). There are conditions involved, however. I must be shown the prepared tank for him, complete with heater and decor, no less than 2 gallons. You must outline your water change schedule for me. You must outline your feeding schedule for me. I know this sounds kind of demanding, but I want to make sure he goes to a good home and is treated the way he deserves to be treated. And, he's free for you if you can meet my conditions!
Without further ado... meet Patriot, my little rescue~
At the store
His icky cup after the guy literally dumped half of it out ringing him up >:(
Grumpy gills after being netted into his QT. I didn't want ANY of that water in with him.
That darker patch you see on his tail is actually blue. But the lighting I have isn't the greatest.