I posted a thread in the care section for treatment ideas before, but I thought I'd start a photo thread since I have so many pictures.
For those that didn't see the other thread, I rescued a betta this past Saturday (11/3/12) from my LFS.
This boy has been at the store for over a month now, and every time I go in he looks the same. They've apparently pulled him and tried to treat him a couple times, but his condition has stayed about the same. He did manage to get a little bit of weight on his bones from the first time I saw him, but he still looks pretty bad.
When I was in there on Saturday, I happened to catch the main betta lady while she was working. I causally mentioned (after chatting for a bit) that if she would be willing to drop the price (he was still marked at $11.99), I'd be willing to take this guy home. She told me that if I wanted him, she would give him to me since nothing they have tried has helped and no one would probably buy such a sickly looking betta anyway.
Since having him in my care, his energy has increased dramatically. He is eating everything I give him, and always swims up to the front with a little wiggle when I check on him.
I wish I would have taken a picture of him when he was in the little tank at the store - he was in the back corner floating sideways at the top of the water. When I first looked through the bettas, I thought he had finally passed after suffering for so long, but as you can see, he is still very much alive.
I'm thinking of naming him Kaneq - which means hoarfrost. I got on to the frost/snow theme when I saw the white/silver iridescent color on the tip of his tail. I'm definitely open to name suggestions though!
In the bag from the store: (the black X just means I didn't have to pay for him since they usually write the price on the bag)
24 hrs later:
48 hrs later (today):
- he ate a whole pellet today!
It'll be very interesting to see what his colors do as he gets healthier!