I was in at my LFS store today and this little sad boy they've had for a couple months was still there. He didn't look so good the last time I was in, but they took him in back and tried to get him a bit healthier. I happened to catch the main betta lady while I was in there today and casually mentioned that I would be willing to take him if she didn't charge me full price (they still had him marked at $11.99). She told me that if I wanted him, she would give him to me since probably nobody would buy a pathetic looking betta like him and she knew I was a betta savvy person.
I agreed to take him, and now I am wondering what the best course of action would be to get him feeling a little bit better. They did get him to gain a little bit of weight in the time they had him at the store, so he has been eating.
It looks like he might have a spinal deformity, but then at other times he straightens out completely and swims around a little bit. Since I've had him home this afternoon/evening, he has explored his little hospital tank and he perked up a little bit when he saw my other boy in the tank next to him.
He tends to rest on the bottom frequently, but also hangs out at the top of the water. It's hard to tell if he is having issues swimming, but his tail is in shreds so I'm not sure if it is just taking him more energy to swim around. I will try to get some more pictures or a video later once he is settled in further.
Any and all input or suggestions (like usual), is appreciated. Thank you!
In the bag from the store (the black X just means that I didn't have to pay for him, since they usually write the price on the bag):