MistersMom, you are so thoughtful. This thread hit the heart and means so much to me. I love rescue stories but to have one that involves me is such an inspiration. It's nice to hear some feedback, just knowing people take notice and feel like they too can make a difference is where we have succeeded.
I am so proud of you on this rescue, It takes a great person with a big heart to do this. We all need to be a voice for these fish we love so much. With every recognition on one Betta rescue it is sure to bring awareness and inspiration to more people out there willing to help make a difference in a Betta's life.
Having said all that, here are some of the things I did with Heart Breaker.
I purchased a 2.5 gallon hospital tank that I did not fill up all the way making the surface easier to get too.
I got a heater and got him acclimated to a bit warmer temp.
I use API Stress Coat to help reduce stress and help restore his slime coat. It was help with tail and fin regeneration while conditioning the water as well.
I do a 100% water change every day to ensure pristine water.
I add Aquarium Salt to help with tail regrowth and other things.
I also got a hammock and he didn't use it for a week so keep it in there he will eventually start to use it.
I fed Heart Breaker 3 tiny meals a day to help him put on weight, I gave him a mixture of Frozen Blood Worms, Freeze Dried Blood Worms, Frozen Brine Shrimp and Pellets. Helped keep his interest in eating.
I am pretty sure that is all I did and in less than a week Heart Breaker was a different fish.
Good Luck with this little beauty, he will hold a very special place in your heart and will always be the reason why you will want to help out so many other Betta's in the future.
Thanks for the recognition, means more than you will ever know.