Hey guys. Yesterday I purchased a rosetail delta from petco. He was lying sideways, but when I picked him up he swam quickly around in his cup. He has the coolest eyes; black with a silver stripe through them. His unique tail, cool eyes, and sad state brought him home with me.
He is now in a heated, treated 2.5 gallon tank. I acclimated him to his water temp and washed off all his gravel, decorations, and his heater. Since putting him in his tank, he has righted himself, only occasionally tipping, but he is extremely lethargic. Yesterday he sat at the bottom. Today, he's moving more, but he hardly swims, sometimes his gills are not moving at all. He also hasn't eaten. Did I just get him too late? :/
He seems to be struggling to make it to the top for air, should I lower the water level to half and treat him like he's in quarantine? I added aquarium salt and two drops of betta revive to his tank before I initially put him in, as he was in not so hot shape yesterday. That was my preemptive strike.
I see no signs of ich, velvet, fin rot, or anything else visibly identifiable. I'm hoping he's just slowly recovering/in shock. I hope he makes it. Usually I don't like marbles (no offense to anyone who does) but I really like this guy and I hope he makes it. I have two other bettas, a giant and a veiltail, that I use the same water/conditioner/heaters with in my house (all in my room, actually) and they are great, if that helps at all. Here are some pictures of him, just cause.
Also, why are their these little air bubbles all over the rocks and plants?