Something dire has suddenly come to pass. Backstory: My friend got a betta last week, in a bowl but happily agreed to get a proper home/heater/filter/whole shabang after I mentioned it to her.
Today she randomly shows up on my doorstep holding a betta cup. I look inside and there are SIX neons in there. I freaked and told her that I had no room for them, as I only have small tanks. She mentioned that she had gotten 6 for herself as well, but I know she only has a 5 gallon for her little lady and that she wanted to give me a "present". (She's new to fishkeeping so I wasn't as angry as I would have been)
Fortunately, I was doing a water change in my 3 Gal, so as to not freak themselves out I just acclimated them into it and put them in, much to HongBo's dismay. He first just started trolling them, by pretending to school with them and check them out, but soon turned into him thinking it's an AYCE buffet. I pulled him out because he's easier to catch, and put him into my 0.5 Gal QT tank.
Two neons have died in the past hour (probably due to transportation), so I took her back to the random store she got it from and they REFUSE to take it back from us, even with a receipt... I don't know why but I'm pretty sure the dude would have called the cops if we insisted. I even went to my local petsmart and they (rightly so) also refused to take it (potential disease, etcetc.)
So I've now got four neons, they're actually doing fairly well in my 3 Gallon (they're eating and schooling, no outcasting yet) and they're busy with their pecking order right now.
My main concern is HongBo, I feel terrible putting him in the 0.5 Gallon, even though he doesn't mind. I honestly don't really want to buy any more tanks or kritter keepers (they are actually expensive in Canada) unless I have no other choice.
Is there anything I can do?
My tanks are:
- 0.5 Gal, 3 Gal, 5 Gal
Fish in question (current home):
- 4 neon tetras (3 Gal)
- Male Betta (0.5 Gal)
- Female Betta (5 Gal)
EDIT: Before anybody asks, for some reason her neons are totally fine T.T...she probably has a really passive female because I KNOW Lin and HongBo will eat them for lunch