Wow so many great entries! I love reading all the stories. Here's my entry, SPIKE (name suggested by forum member Juditko).
I met Spike, a blue CT, at my local Petland. He was lying on his side at the bottom of his dirty cup, and I thought he might be dead until the sales associate swirled him around in his cup as if he was an ice cube. Well the poor guy showed some signs of life then, and looked at me with those pleading eyes we all know so well, and home he came with me.
Spike's most distinguishing feature is his lack of dorsal fin, which is why I chose him for the Inner Beauty contest. At first I thought it was due to fin rot or biting or being attacked, but his topline is smooth, like the was never a fin there. I guess he should've been a cull, but he's such a joy I'm glad he made it to a pet store for me to find. He swims just fine, and when he flares the two little spikes of dorsal fin stick straight up! He's so tough!
I kept him in a shallow container until he was able to swim upright again. I kept him on my coffee table during his convalescence, and he and I and my dogs would all watch tv together. Spike got lots of attention that first week and quickly grew to trust me. Soon he was swimming well enough to move into a 2.5 gallon, where he lived for another month, then when I was sure he was totally free of illness, he moved into a 4-gallon space in a 20 gal divided.
He loves his new home and like to flare once in awhile at his neighbor, another blue CT. He loves attention and I always tell him what a handsome fish he is!
Here are some pictures of my beautiful finned friend.
About a week after I got him.
In his new home.
Showing me where the food goes!