So tonight I received an interesting email. A lady wrote to me asking if I would be interested in taking in some bettas. The backstory on them is that they came from a breeder who was leaving to go into drug rehab. I'm thinking the were pretty young. The lady took some and put them in her 125 gallon community tank. I guess they were ok for a little while but now that they are juveniles they are tearing each other up. She said they look pretty bad. Theres "at least six" apparently, a mix of males and females. The lady seems to feel very badly that they have done so much damage to each other due to her mistake of putting them all together in a community tank and genuinely seems to want what is best for them.
As of right now I have 8 bettas and 3 fry who are almost 2 weeks old. I keep the adults in divided tanks. I do have several extra tanks that have the equipment to be up and running fairly quickly, I'd just need to divide them. I am hoping that there are at least 3 females in the group because it would be much easier to put make a sorority tank with my 2 non-breeder females than to divide every single one.
My heart is telling me that these poor bettas need someone who can provide them with lots of TLC and since I only work 2-3 days a week I have plenty of time to do this. I also have the means to take care of them financially. But my head is saying "you wanna take on 6 more bettas in poor condition right as you're starting your breeding program? are you crazy?".
Am I crazy for considering this? Since tomorrow is a holiday it would be the most convenient time for both of us for me to go get them so I need to make a decision asap. I'm also afraid their conditions will deteriorate every day they are in the community tank together. They are still quite young so there is a good possibility many of them could regrow some decent fins and end up being very pretty fish too (who knows what the breeder was trying to create though).
Any thoughts? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.