You can call me Neferet. I never expected to show my face on a betta forum because I had no plans to get one, but recently I got one because the owner was keeping the poor fellow in a tank with two gouramis. I tried to keep my cool when I saw how horrible he looked and struggled when it came to not yelling at the person. I managed to explain to the person that a betta doesn't belong with a gourami and she was horrified about what she had done. She begged me to take in the poor betta and help him, so I did, but I won't be giving him back to her upon her request.
I put him in a cup that Petco uses to sell their bettas and rushed him home so that I could get my spare 10 gallon up and running for him. I talked to him all the way home (I'm a dork). I listed off names and he seemed to wiggle around like he enjoyed the name Persis. His tank won't have any decorations in it for a while, but it will at least have some gravel. I'll be getting $500 from babysitting after the summer, so I can use some of it on him.
I got a picture of Persis' tail and it makes me cringe to even look at the damage. I've done a lot of research on bettas in my life. I know what they need and I know what I need to do to treat him. It will be a long while before he will be fully recovered from this trauma. I also have two gouramis of my own named Enyo and Deino. They are in a seperate tank. For now I need to focus on Persis.