Picked him up tonight for "free" discount on regular price and assurance that if he doesn't make it what I did pay will credit towards another.
He is weak, tiny, malnourished, suffering from low blood count and his tails are really chewed up. Can't see any sign of infection, fungus, virus or parasite and he perked up and started eating when I put him beside the sorority.
He's been on the shelf since he was tiny and just hasn't had enough food to grow on. I've been "patrolling" this store and I have to say while he IS in bad shape, the care that he's received is of the standards that we should expect from any place that considers bettas pets
He was being fed regularly, just he was too small and still needed fry food.
Other pictures of him are in my album "rescue 1" at photobucket "noodlyappendagemonster". He's quite responsive and aware.
This is about as far as I will go on a rescue fish. I'll be keeping him in a 4-way in Sherbert's tank away from big scary Sherbert so that I have precise control over his water quality.
His fin color has started to get deeper in just the last hour.
At this time I have:
Added minimum amount of Neutral Regulator
Fed Hikkari micro wafer, fancy guppy pellet, Omega One fry flake.
Placed him beside a heat source near a "happy fish environment"
I don't have a name for him yet.