I got my very first betta yesterday. I asked the pet store employee which one had been there the longest. He picked up a cup that had a strange looking betta in it. Certainly not the best looking one but he looked healthy enough. I assume he was still there as he wasn't as "pretty" as the others. He was just sitting on the bottom of the cup looking rather sluggish but there were no rips or tears in his fins and he looked pretty thin bodied.
After acclimating him via the float method I released him into the tank (without any of the dirty water that came with him). All the sudden, voila! He perked right up and began swimming around his new digs checking everything out. He seems to really enjoy the heavily planted tank as he was swimming in and out of the plants.
I didn't feed him until this morning. I turned on the tank light and there was a huge bubble nest and he immediately took the three pellets I gave him. I'm really happy I rescued him and I think he's happy too.
As soon as I can I'd like to get a picture of him and post it. He has the most bizarre looking milky white/orange coloring with some "dots" of purple on his fins. I had wanted a violet/purple/red one but his being so weird looking has me liking him all the more.
I usually don't name my fish but with this guy I think must.
Thanks for reading; I had to share my news!