So. I haven't been here in over 6-8 months and I'm sorry for it D:
I'm a terrible member T_T
If you guys remember- I'm the young lady who has a masochistic fish that likes to rub against stuff and rub off his own scales with the rock on the bottom of his tank.
(He did it again by the way, when I had a skull ornament in his tank. I took it out and he's doing just dandy! Big, bright, and healthy.)
The reason I'm posting!
I have a new member to the household. Another betta-fish!
His story is a sad one... I work for Wal-Mart. MY LOCATION DOES NOT SELL LIVE FISH
However, last night I came up to the customer service desk, and I raise a brow. I see an all too familiar cup on the counter and I walk up.
Turns out, some father and his 6 year old daughter bought this betta-fish from a different store location outside of my city, and brought it back to my location for a refund.
STUPIDLY the ladies at the desk accepted it. (The heck are they gonna do with a fish when WE DON'T SELL THEM!??)
Immediately, I walked over, picked up the cup and looked at him.
The water level was very very low, there was a hairline crack in the side of his cup (hence the low water I'm guessing)
There were fragments of I think fecal matter at the bottom of the cup, poor little guy's fins were clamped, and from the look of it he had a SERIOUS case of bloat, or swim bladder issues. Immediately, I asked his price. They said five dollars.
I bought him on my break, and the first thing I did was try to feed him (stupid move with bloat, I know! I shouldn't have done it)
He ate the betta-pellets I bought, and I bought this brand of like.. betta-water? I looked it over, and it being the only thing I could think to use, I filled his cup with a little more water that was clean.
He stayed at the service desk for the last two hours of my shift, and I took him home.
I stayed up late into the night, keeping an eye on him. I put him in his own little bowl as a form of ICU.
He survived overnight! I saw him take 1 big poop already and he looks smaller than the ballooned body he had last night. These are the pictures I have of him now. (He looks a bit lopsided still.)
What do you guys think??? I'm scared his gills are looking a bit inflamed... But, I'm not 100% sure.
He's getting a bit more active, and he isn't floating at the top of the waterline anymore, he's actually able to dive down and stay under the water!
I'm getting ready to change his water out, and I've been treating him with Aq.Salt.
Any suggestions? Comments? Advice??????
(when he's doing better I'll put him in the other 3 gallon tank I have.)