I'm new here, but I'm glad I found this site!
I'm the sort of person who has to look at everything when we go shopping, so we spent about an hour longer than necessary at Petsmart. On our way out, I stopped at the Betta shelf to take a look. A poor little female was just floating there. She looked pathetic, and she was so small. I felt horrible for her, so I bought her and an equally pathetic-looking male the next day.
Frog, the female, looks horrible. Something's wrong with her jaw (or whatever you call it in fish). She can't open it all the way, so I've been crushing her food to make sure she gets enough to eat. Her fins are torn and ratty and she's extremely thin. She's a pale white with black spots, but now that she's settled a bit she's starting to show some really pretty green and blue as well. I hope that, if she makes it, she'll be a fancy little girl.
Toad's my boy. I've never seen a fish so thin. He's got a voracious appetite and I'm scared I'll overfeed him. He gets two pellets three times a day and he absolutely wolfs them down. He's mostly white, but he's got some dull red covering parts of his body. It looks more like blood under his scales, but I can't be sure. Overall he's more active and in better health than Frog, but I'm worried about them.
I've got them in a divided ten gallon tank right now, with a filter and heater as well as several plants. Toad is doing well and adjusted really easily, but I'm worried for Frog. She is very weak and has some difficulty swimming, so I put her on the calmer side of the tank so she didn't have to swim very hard.
Neither have pooped yet despite eating, so I'm not sure if something's wrong. What can I do to help them? They're so sad looking, and I really don't want to lose them.