went to walmart today. had a feeling something would happen, and i was right. i was horrified to see they had bettas again! Dx checked them out, saw a long-dead CT(pretty thing, too. white/purple/light blue body, with deep red fins. D:), and saw one that grabbed my heart. he's a normal VT, but has almost no tail left at all! i think it's a combo of being put in another betta's cup, and fin rot. after dwelling on it all day, i went back and got him, along with a Tetra 1.5 gallon and some aquarium salt(my main reason for going back, actually). i've been calling him "Gimpy", but that will change if he makes it through the night.
i've NEVER seen a betta in as bad a shape as poor Gimpy. he's only got a thin strip of tail left, so he obviously has issues swimming. he's very pale, and i've never personally seen stress stripes on a male, until i met him. he wiggles his little "butt stub" around, trying to explore his new tank, but gives up and floats at the top, swimming with only his peccy fins. he's also got a nasty dip in his head, but that doesn't matter to me, he's still a very beautiful boy(common blue with red wash on the fins.). i only have a single plant in there right now(didn't have time to dig through the plants there, and they only really had plastic anyways). i wish i'd gotten him a heater, but he'll have to do with the light on the tank till i can get to the pet store. my biggest worry is, he won't make i till tomorrow.
he seems VERY curious of his new surroundings, but hasn't payed much mind to me yet. it breaks my heart when he wiggles his butt stump, trying to swim around. i think he may have SB issues, too, since he can't really swim DOWN very well, without popping back up to the top and giving up. i do hope the little guy makes it. no rocks, in case he poops, i can see if he has parasites. i think his issues are just walmart neglect, though, and human cruelty. :/ i don't regret my choice, in getting him. if i hadn't, he'd have died there, on those shelves, in his own poops, uneaten food, and fungus, because no one wants a gimpy fish like him. >.> except us.
pics will come soon, so you all can see WHY i had to get him.
anyone have any tips to help him out?