I just got home from deathsmart with this guy. He was hanging out in his filthy cup on his side. He's so beautiful and so tiny (the size of a quarter). I couldn't leave him there! I had to take him home!
I brought him home and put him into a half gallon vase with some marbles and 1 plant. I put a few rocks of aquarium salt in there with him and put him on the top ledge of my stove so he stays warm. It keeps the water between 77-80.
After I put him in his house, I fed him 1 pellet of food and he gobbled it up super quick...so I'm hoping that's a good sign.
He still struggles with floating to his side, but he's putting up a good fight. I think he has an ammonia burn on the top of his head. There is a small fleshy colored dot that you can see in one of the pictures. Maybe it's just his markings.
Any other tips or suggestions anyone can offer? I promised him that if he made it, I would get him a real house and he wouldn't even have to share my 10gal with Stefon!
What makes me the most angry, is how the employees kept telling me "Oh, well if he doesn't make it we have a 14 day guarantee. Bring him back and we will replace him for free." I kept telling them "That's not the point, at least if he doesn't make it, he will die in a nice home, not a poop filled cup! If I was him, I would hope someone would spend 7 bucks on me so I wouldn't die in filth".
My friend MiMi has named him "Quarter Pounder"...because he is the size of a quarter and he is pounding his way through the odds! I really hope he makes it, I love him tons already!