Long story short, she got him during the summer and says his appearance hasn't changed since then. She did not realize that when she got him, he had a bad case of finrot. And I don't know how long his spine's been deformed towards the tail. She only kept saying he was super lethargic.
Well, I kind of abducted him. And now I have him in about an 1-2 inches of water so he can actually reach the surface while I rpepare a clean set up for him where he'll have some salt. I'm working with what I have available, but my plan is to do frequent water changes to keep his water clean until he seems stronger.
I'm still new at this, so I would super appreciate any input anyone may have as to caring for this little guy and fixing him up.
Here is the original photo of him -- I checked him over, he doesnt seem to have Ick. Just deformed and major finrot.
I also say him, because it looks like there's some definite bright colors in his fins, and he has quite the iridescence still to his scales. But I'm no expert when comparing a more drab male to females =/
These are some videos of him swimming. Sometimes he stops and just pumps his gills, perched on his pectoral fins. Part of the reason I think his spine is deformed now is because of this. being too weak and consistently being on the gravel.
Swimming and trying to eat...
Resting and trying to breathe...