Over a WEEK ago, I was in a pet store (I worked there years ago) and was looking at their betta's. I noticed a pertty red male that was severely bloated and just laying on his side at the top of the cup with dirty water. I told them he was sick, and at least needed his water changed because it was so filthy.
Remember, this was over a WEEK ago. I couldn't get that poor fish out of my mind since last week. I went back in there today, and he was still there! Still laying in filthy water, and still just floating listlessly at the top of the cup, with a major bloat problem. I notified the manager, and he gave him to me. Said he knew he'd be in better hands with me than anyone else.
So... a free fish turned into a bit more expensive fish, as I had to pick him up a hospital tank and supplies. So I bought a 2 gallon Kritter Keeper to use while he's being treated. If he makes it, I'll upgrade him to the 5 gallon kit at Walmart. I also bought some Spongebob themed ornaments and gravel, and a sponge filter with a carbon pouch in it as well, along with a container of aquarium salt too.
He's all set up now, and he can submerge himself, and can swim okay. he swims a bit eratically at times, but seems to have no problem submerging, or coming up for air. But he does keep going over onto his side at times, but immediately rights himself. His extremely swollen stomach isn't helping him, I'm sure.
I added some aquarium salt to his water, according to the box directions, along with some extra stress coat too. If anything, even if he doesn't make it, I know he'll be happier in his new tank than in that pitiful cup he's been in.
The only thing left to buy is a small Hydor mini heater, which they were out of. They'll be in on Friday they said. Thankfully my house stays very warm, and I have him near a window (but not in direct sunlight), so his water is staying nice and warm, right around 78F.
Here's some pics...
Still in his cup:
His new tank that I set up just for him...
Happily cruising his new tank...
I think he likes his new tank, LOL