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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-02-2016, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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I'm hopefully rescuing a betta!

I found a betta on craigslist last week up for sale in a 2.5 gallon, filtered but not heated tank, with nothing but gravel and the filter, absolutely no decor whatsoever. The ad also said bettas don't require a filter or water dechlor, but he's been using them to keep the water clean. (I politely educated him that bettas do,like all other fish, need a heater and dechlorinated water. He said thank you for the knowledge)

Sadly, my lovely boyfriend was out of town, and I don't have my driver's license, so I was unable to go pick up the betta myself.

I asked the guy rehoming him if he'd be wiling to drive him and I would pay extra, but I live too far away for him to drop off and he was only wanting to do pick ups.

I accepted I would be unable to get this betta, since it would be around 2 weeks until my boyfriend would be able to take me, and assumed he would be gone by then.

Checked again today on a whim, and he was still up there, He looks so sad, lying on the gravel with nothing to lay on or do.

I asked my lovely boyfriend if there is anyway we would be able to go get the betta this weekend. Despite having a convention going on this weekend, he said he would be willing to drive 1.5 hours to go pick up this betta before or after his event. :D

So I emailed the man again about the betta, and will text him in the morning as well in case he is the type to not check his email for days.

I figured texting at 2am wouldn't be the best idea. :p

I'm so excited though! Hopefully he still has him! I was going to wait for a betta in a really bad home (tiny little vase or something equally miserable), but he seems like he could use a good home too, and just looks so miserable and it makes my heart hurt.

If the guy still has him, I'm getting lots of live plants (something with lots of leaves near the surface where he can rest, like wisteria) and a heater today (along with API test kit, frozen foods-bloodworms, brine shrimp, mysis, NLS or other equal quality pellets, ich meds-just to be safe, thermometer, etc,) to give him a better quality life to tide him over for now.

I am in the process of setting up a planted 5.5-14 gallon aquarium (just been trying to decide what size I want to go with, there are a lot of cheap biocubes on CL that I could modify. My apartment technically only allows a 10 gallon max though). It should be set up in about 2-3 weeks tops (just have to order stuff online and possibly buy off cl)

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Doesn't he look oh so pitiful? :(

Oh, and just to clarify, my original plan was to have a tank set up and cycled waiting for a betta, and then to find a betta. I'll obviously watch the water for any sort of normal/mini cycle from the move to my apartment, and to his new tank.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-02-2016, 07:00 AM
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Poor little guy...nothing to even rest on...pitiful is right.
Good luck on your endeavor.
Sure hope this little guy can get to you for a chance at a good life
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This tutorial will give you the information you need to fish-in cycle. BTW, there's nothing wrong with fish-in cycling if it's done properly. I do 25% water changes when Ammonia or Nitrites reach .25ppm and use Seachem Stability to help the cycling along.

https://www.bettafish.com/101-betta-f...-tutorial.html
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Omg those pictures :( such a sad fishy.

Even if you don't have a tank set up when you get him, just adding a heater and some silk plants to the current tank would go a long way for that little guy. (Assuming that he's including the tank. If not, I'd try to haggle for it, if only to keep him from sentencing some other poor fish to the same conditions >_<)
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Thank you @RusselTheShihTzu for that fish in cycling tutorial link! I wanted to brush up on cycling this morning, so I really appreciate it! :)

@LittleMan Thank you for the good luck wishes. I texted him this morning at a reasonable 8am, haven't heard anything back yet, but it's only been 30 minutes. Thankfully, I have today off, so I can go to the store anytime to go get the supplies.

@NiceCrocs , he is selling him with the tank, filter, divider, and food for $35. I'm buying everything, and then will probably offer the 2.5 gallon on here to a local person for free without the divider to use as an emergency tank, hospital tank shrimp tank, or something along those lines. With my last two rescue bettas (one who sadly didn't make it more than a week, the other lived about a year), they both were kept in a cold garage for a couple years in a container smaller than some betta cups prior to me getting them) I bought all of their tiny little one cup-1/2 gallon "tanks" just so I could trash them and no one else could use them.

I plan on getting a bunch of live plants and a heater today as well if he still has him :)

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Good news and bad news guys. :(

So, HE WROTE BACK!- That's the good news.

The bad news, I can't go get him today. He can only do before 1pm today, which my boyfriend can't do.

The next available date he said he would be available would be Tuesday. Unfortunately, my boyfriend leaves at 7am on Tuesday and won't get home til Saturday morning. I told him I completely understand if he can't, but asked if he would be able to do 5:30am on Tuesday since my boyfriend has to leave a 7am for work.

The next available date he said was next Sunday. :(

I told him if he felt 5:30am was unreasonable on Tuesday, then we could for sure do next Sunday at a reasonable hour if he'd hold him for me til then.

He hasn't wrote me back yet now. I'm worried I bothered him by suggesting 5:30am. He was writing back within a minute the first time we talked, and earlier now too.

I looked at taking a bus, but it's 3-4 bus rides to get there, about 1.5-2 hours in length one way.

I calculated a lyft ride, but it would be at least $50-$75 one way.

My boyfriend also doesn't like the idea of me going into someone else's house by myself too of course.

My only friends I have here have a scooter, nothing that could hold a tank.

It looks like it will have to be next Sunday, unless my boyfriend pulls a miracle or the man's schedule opens up a bit. Of course this would happen on the month where my boyfriend is gone most of the time.

If only I would of saw the ad yesterday during the day, then we could of gone this morning right now. So sad. I keep thinking of this poor little betta now.

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Well keep us posted! At least you trying this hard shows him that you really want this betta. and the fact it has been on CL for so long shows that no one else does.
Good luck!

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Just wanted to update you guys, I'M GETTING HIM!

He wrote back and said he is home all day Sunday. I said perfect, we set a time, and I thanked him for being flexible. Sadly, it's not til next Sunday, but just one more week and he will be home with me :)

I also found a 14 gallon biocube on craigslist that I might be getting for him. Waiting back to hear more about and if they still have it as well.
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Biocube 14 was taken. Found a JBJ 24 gallon though for a good price, waiting to hear back. I know it seems silly to spend a bit on a biocube for a betta tank, but I like the sleek look of them, and how it looks like you are looking into a slice of an underwater world. My boyfriend likes them too, as they look compact and small.
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Biocube 14 was taken. Found a JBJ 24 gallon though for a good price, waiting to hear back. I know it seems silly to spend a bit on a biocube for a betta tank, but I like the sleek look of them, and how it looks like you are looking into a slice of an underwater world. My boyfriend likes them too, as they look compact and small.
That is how I feel about the Fluval tanks. Yes they are pricey but they are just too cool not to have. lol

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