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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