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)
Here are some pictures:
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.