5 Gallon Tank Rescue Betta with swim bladder I think?

BettaBuddies0621

So I recently rescued this Betta from Petsmart (yes I know you shouldn’t get them from the petstore but they gave him to me for free since he could barely swim). His name is Tony Stark or Iron Man, he is in a cycled 5 gallon tank with filter and heater. He just stays against the filter and I’m guessing that’s because he can’t swim and stay a float.

His spin is a little crooked and there’s something poking out, I was just wondering if anyone can help me? I just want to do everything I can to give him the best life I can.
 

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betta06

can you get a picture from above?
 
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BettaBuddies0621

That’s the best I can get. He swims away when he sees my phone
 

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betta06

he looks okay to me....
 
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Rose of Sharon

How long have you had him? He may just need some time to settle into his new home. He does look ok to me from what I can see, also. If he can swim away from your phone, then he can at least swim a little.

Where is the the thing that is sticking out? Is it on his spine? If that is the area, it looks like maybe a missing/raised scale? He doesn't look too crooked from what I can see.

At this point, I would keep a very close eye on him. Give him time to adjust. Keep him warm, and keep any bright lights off of him. Hopefully he will become less stressed over time.

I hope he is ok! He is lovely!!!
 
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