I wanted to give an update. I've named him Adonis (love my greek mythology) & he's doing so much better! His spine is really starting to straighten out. I upped the water level to 8 inches of water, which is the highest I can get in his tank, because he's swimming so much better. He doesn't have that smooth swim that my other 2 guys have though, he wiggles. It's pretty cute actually & I'm positive it'll get better as he swims more. Thanks everyone for your advice & well wishes!
EDIT: Oh, and he's definitely a DT, not sure what kind, but I'm crossing my fingers for a HM!
Originally Posted by MSG
I applaud you for taking pity on that betta, I would have passed on a spine that deformed & the fin eat behavior as well.
Good luck with her.
MSG- I really have a soft spot for the messed up ones, especially the biters. I'd happily choose raggedy clamped fins, pale, not eating, half dead fish over the most beautiful perfect fish. Some people love breeding or love a certain tail type or color. I love my "flush-worthy" bettas, so named because I had a PetCo employee tell me not to get Hercules because she was going to flush him that night (ALIVE!!)
because no one wanted him & he was taking up space.
Plus I'm not planning on breeding for a few years (if ever), so I don't need to worry about genetics & other stuff I assume breeders are concerned with.