Seeing as this is my first fish ever, I am sure I am doing things massibely wrong.
We got Raxicor and tank and all the fixin's on Sunday. Started an ammonia cycle on Sunday and am still waiting for the nitrites to show up. I have been switching Raxicor (male) between the cup we brought him home in and a tumbler. Last night I felt sort of guilty that he was still in such a small home so I put him into a Glad-ware plastic container that has more swimming area for him. It is still chilly here so I have put him on the edge of a heating pad that is set on low and have an electronic thermometer in there telling me what his water temp is(I keep watch on the temperature constantly and feel that if it is getting too high, around 80-81, I move the container over to the edge of the heating pad so he doesn't get as much heat and he stabilizes at around 77-79).
Today I look at him and he is laying on the bottom of the Glad-ware on his side and there are little dark flecks in the water. Looking closer, his tails are chopped up a little bit. Best thing we can surmise is that he was swimming around a lot more but also might have gotten too close to the thermometer winch is spiked at the end of it.
I now have him back in his cup but he is still just laying on the bottom like a flounder.
What should I do? Should I leave him in the cup he is in and let his tail heal on it's own? Does he need medical attention? Should I clean out the 10g tank and put him into that thus starting my water cycle all over again? Does he need to go back to the store?