Sometimes life is rough for all those fish at the pet store. Sitting on the shelf in small containers alongside not-so-nice companions, there”s little sympathy thrown their way. It”s a common tragedy, and one that”s easily avoidable.
When this Reddit user came across one sad little guy at his local pet store one that needed more love and attention than anyone there would give he did something heartwarming.
When he saw this Betta fish near the brink of death, he offered to take it off the store”s hands for free. (He definitely didn”t want to reward them for their terrible treatment.)
Unfortunately, he really was in poor shape. Kept in an uncovered community tank, his vulnerable fins were constantly nipped at by others until there wasn”t much left.
To start the life-saving process, he put the Betta in a small tank for two weeks. He outfitted it with a heater, six grams of salt, and eSHa2000 (a maintenance medication for fish). He also changed the water almost every day.
These treatments caused all of the rotten parts to fall off, leaving him in truly bad shape. It even got to the point where the owner debated finding a humane way to end the fish”s life.
He hadn”t eaten anything in over a week, no matter what type of food was left in the tank. Things weren”t looking good.
One day he suddenly perked up and started eating. The fish was then moved into a larger tank with more space to swim, and even some little plants at the bottom if he needed a hideaway.
A month later, his fins started to grow back.
And it wasn”t long before his color was restored.
Finally, after over two months, the fish had a clean bill of health.
And it was all thanks to one caring individual who took the time to be this little guy”s angel.
(via The Dodo)
It”s amazing how simple acts of kindness like this can restore your faith in others.