Well, as I was setting up my sorority in late December/early January I went to Petsmart very frequently over a few weeks time (almost every day). I was looking for females, but naturally looked at all the bettas. There was this one really sad looking dragon scale boy who never moved. His cup was in the same spot every time I went there, right in the middle of the rack, and he just layed on the bottom of his cup very clamped and very sad. Upon closer inspection, he had what looked to be balls of fungus on the tips of all of his fins, almost looking like drops of glue on each fin. After about two weeks of seeing him there, I brought him up to one of the employees, told them he was sick and asked if I could get a discount on him so I could take him home and make him feel better. They told me that they couldn't sell sick fish and that they were going to put him in the back for treatment and to call in a few days and check on him. I called two days later and he was still there. They said on the phone that he was "all better." I went to the store to see for myself, and his cup was back in the same spot it had always been and his condition was exactly the same. I was so mad that I grabbed him, paid for him, and stormed out. The ammonia in his cup was off the charts. He was slowly acclimated to a heated 2.5g tank with FRESH water, AQ salt, and some jungle fungus clear. He swam around slowly for the first day, occasionally rubbing up on the plant in his tank and was very clamped. The next day, he was unclamped and seemed to be doing much better. He still refused food, but I had faith. I brought him home some live daphnia from work which definitely stimulated his appetite. By day 3, he started flaring in a mirror for me and was basically a different fish. After about two weeks of medication, he was introduced to his NPT where he currently resides.
Here are some videos of him when I first got him:
- When he was still clamped and sad
- Starting to feel better
- Right after being introduced to his new NPT
He went from this:
And this is him yesterday in his little jungle:
He is very special to me. I'm so glad I took that leap and took him home after weeks of basically watching him suffer.