I really just need to send my husband to get the fish food from now on. Anyway...
I saw a VT boy at Petco this morning. He was floating on his side and I thought he was dead, but when I got close to the cup he tried swimming a little. I talked myself out of getting him because #1, I already have four Bettas and #2, my husband would be irritated with me. So, I got the frozen food for my other Bettas and left but I couldn't stop thinking about that little VT. So, I set up an old 2.5 mini bow with gravel from an established tank, a moss ball, some pennywort and a spare heater and went back and got him.
I drip acclimated him and he seemed to perk up a bit when his water warmed but was still mostly on his side. I put him in the mini bow and he struggled to swim around but he is now laying on a pennywort leaf, on his side, at the surface. He has terribly dark stress stripes, the darkest I've ever seen. The lights are out so hopefully he is feeling less stressed. I feel so bad for the little guy and I'm wondering what, if anything, I can do for him if he's not any better in the morning.
2.5 gallon tank
Mini Bow filter
Haven't fed him yet, so whatever Petco was giving him
The water in his cup looked really nasty. :(