the last pic i posted was of him in a cup acclimatizing to the qt. it has spread minimally. the major thing I noticed was beads of blood coming from his tail when aq salt water was added to his cup. once he was used to the water and I released him, he swam around for a long time exploring. when I left him at midnight, he had found a leaf to rest on. I desperately want to check but I don't want to wake him up if he is sleeping..
Thank you Agility4fun. Thank you everyone for your help and concern. Sakura8, thank you for answering me so late at night! Littlebluefishlets, thank you for all the info! JadaBlu, Tikibirds, Blue Fish, tngirl92, XxxXnoodleXxxX, MattsBettas, Artemis, and Snoeflayke, thank you for responding and helping. You are all wonderful and you have no idea how much I appreciate all the help everyone here offers. This morning I checked on Galileo and it has not spread. The edges of his tail that were green and grey are now black and clearly rotting off. He is no longer bleeding though and it is not spreading any further. He wouldn't eat this morning. I think that has more to do with him being mad at me for cupping him and putting him in a hospital tank away from his Esmeralda. After I have a shower I am going to petsmart to buy the antibiotics. I know finrot can be treated with just salt but because it appeared so suddenly and severely I think I will treat it strongly to ensure it does not spread. What ever caused the infection was mean :( I wish I knew what it was. His home is a 5 gallon cycled tank and I clean it twice a week. well, hopefully he can return to his home soon.
SO glad to hear it isn't spreading. That's a really good sign. Get him his meds and give him some TLC. I know it may sound silly, but make sure you give him really dim light. When a betta is sick, I've noticed they seem very light sensitive, so keeping it dim and letting the poor guys sleep does them a lot of good. It seems the old saying "it's when you sleep that you heal" applies to bettas.
Also, just keep yourself together. Seems, again, silly, but if you get bent out of shape then you can't take care of him as well. My little Cass is really sick and I pulled out an old celtic cross necklace I almost forgot I had, and, even though I'm not religious, I set it on her tank. Sometimes you just have to have some sort of faith.
Keep us all posted. I really hope the saucy bugger has in it him to fight this off! <3
Saucy bugger is right. I managed to get him Bi-furan. he is in a 5 gallon sterilite container with nothing but a heater and his big leafy silk plant. This morning he would not eat at all he was just laying on his plant. The rot had not spread up, just the pieces that were grey had melted off. When I got home from Big Al's (petsmart did not have what i needed) I did a 100% waterchange. while he was in his cup i noticed his tail was bleeding all along the edge where the rot had melted off. I dosed the new water with the bi-furan and took an hour to acclimatize him to it. When I had dumped out the old water, there was chunks of his tail in it :'( It was so awful! But once he was in the medicated water he started exploring again and watching everything I did. he even ate 6 pellets and had a huge poop lol. I think he is going to be ok. He just looks sooo awful. I hope it heals soon. It looks so painful :(
I'm SOOO glad he's still fighting!! I thought for sure after yesterday that I'd come home from work to find out that your sweet boy was gone, and it was going to be so sad. :(
He's such a trooper!! If he can survive this, then I think he deserves some sort of betta memorial, lol! ;)
Can you get any kanamycin/kanaplex? Just in case? From what I understand that's the strongest stuff there is, just in case the bi-furan is only able to hold it at bay, maybe the kanaplex could actually kill it. (of course we're all very much hoping and praying and believing that the bi-furan is totally going to kick the gray crap's butt and take names in the process!) ;)