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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-14-2016, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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I'm livid... I can't understand this...

Today I got a text from a friend asking if I wanted a fish. I politely replied that I did not, then asked why she was asking. She told me that she had won the fish at a raffle and that it came with "everything it needs", but that if I didn't want it, she might just flush it. Having no idea what kind of fish this was or if I even had the resources for it, I immediately texted back to please not flush the fish and that I would come pick it up. She said I could have its "care kit" too. I drove over to her place and was presented with a pale, striped betta in a Petco cup with a round kritter keeper, a bag of gravel, and a three pack of silk plants. No food. No heater. No water chemicals. The kritter keeper might hold one and a half gallons. And the betta was a giant male.

It was late and stormy and I'm short on funds, so I had to make the supplies work. Thankfully, my apartment stays around 76, so he won't be at an ideal temp, but he should survive until I can go get a heater for him. The little kritter keeper isn't nearly large enough for a giant, but it will be better for him than that cup until I can get him a larger tank. First priority is a heater.

I'm so frustrated I might cry. Obviously it was the right thing to do to rescue the fish from being flushed. But I didn't want another fish and certainly not a giant. Now I have to provide for this animal and find a place in my apartment to set up proper housing for him. It's not that I CAN'T take care of him, it's that I didn't want multiple fish again. That's why I didn't get that sad red crown tail at meijer. And yet now, here I am, stuck with a second fish anyway. Life sure knows how to kick a girl when she's down...

The fish is going to be a pretty guy, I think. He hasn't regained any color yet, but I suspect he's pretty stressed. The ammonia in his cup tested off the charts, so if he doesn't have mild ammonia poisoning, it'll be a miracle. He did eagerly snap up some NLS pellets. How many should I be feeding a giant? I gave him maybe 8.

I'm seeing dalmatian spots on the anal and caudal, and a little bit on the ventrals. Wild-type spotting on the dorsal. Colors... who knows how he'll turn out. I'm posting so.easy pictures of the setup he came with as well as the fish himself.

Someone give me encouraging words, please...
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How old is your friend? She should know right from wrong and that flushing a living thing is inhumane and just plain cruel, I would not associate myself with that type of person. "Comes with everything it needs" from what I read, that's a serious joke, if you don't want him maybe post on the sites classifieds for PU/if you're willing to ship

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BLESS YOU for saving this handsome fellow. Even if the gear you've got isn't ideal, it's world's better than where he may have ended up. That ammonia test is breaking my heart :(

I completely understand being in a position where you just can't commit to any more animals.

You may want to explore the option of finding someone to adopt him, and just concentrate on getting him healthy and in decent water in the meantime.

Whereabouts are you located? Maybe there's some forum members nearby who would be interested.
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She is 28. She was at a charity raffle and put one of her tickets into this "basket" on a whim, never thinking she would win. She put at least one ticket in every basket, and lucky her, she won this one... she didn't even want the fish. And yes, it didn't have half of what it needs to survive. There wasn't even dechlorinator... I shudder to think what might have happened had a non-fishy person won this fish. It might have gone into plain tap water and died shortly after.

I will see about putting him up for adoption, although with how striped and unhappy he is right now, I don't feel comfortable shipping him until he's better. I agree, he's kind of cute. I am just stressed right now... if I was a fish, I'd look just like him... pale, striped, clamped.

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BLESS YOU for saving this handsome fellow. Even if the gear you've got isn't ideal, it's world's better than where he may have ended up. That ammonia test is breaking my heart :(

I completely understand being in a position where you just can't commit to any more animals.

You may want to explore the option of finding someone to adopt him, and just concentrate on getting him healthy and in decent water in the meantime.

Whereabouts are you located? Maybe there's some forum members nearby who would be interested.
Well thank you, but honestly, I still don't like the situation he has to be in for the moment. I will see if I can find anyone near me who can pick him up, but for all I know, he'll end up growing on me and I'll get attached. Right now I'm still just trying to process everything that happened. I'm just thankful she took the time to reach out to me and ask if I wanted him instead of flushing first and asking questions later.

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It's irresponsible of her to put her ticket into the basket on a "whim" somebody else could have really wanted him and actually taken care of him, it's understandable that you're mad and stressed,I would be too! Hope you feel better within the next couple of days, knowing me I would be mad for days(I can hold a serious grudge)

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He looks like he'll be very pretty, at least.

Hate when things like this happen. I've had success with putting my "unwanted", for lack of a better word, bettas up on Craigslist for free. Just make sure the person taking them knows what they're doing and has the proper supplies, and obviously meet in a populated place in the daytime.

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You saved him from what would have most likely been a horrible life! A one and a half gallon kritter keeper is a thousand times better than a cup, and while no heater isn't ideal it's definitely something he can survive. Just think of everything you're giving him that his other potential owners probably wouldn't: clean water, dechlorinator, high quality food, and compassion.

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I'm sorry this happened to you and the poor betta but SO GLAD and thankful that he's in good hands now. I hope a good solution for the betta and you comes your way.

I just, like you, can't understand why fish... LIVE animals... Are used as a prize at a charity. It's so cruel.


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Thanks for the encouragement guys. I'm slightly overwhelmed but I think everything will eventually work out ok. I did wake up in a panic after dreaming that my cat was able to knock the giant's little tank off the table. Of course he can't. It's small but still easily 30 or so lbs haha. Goodness, irrational fears.

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