Okay. If you aren't comfortable with putting him in a 1 gal just because he hates being netted/cupped, then you can also leave him in the 10gal but use only Stress Coat or Kordon Fish Protector, no AQ salt. Trust me, it's a real pain dissolving enough salt for a 10gal and a real pain getting it all out afterward.
My husband just got him to eat. He's showing appetite with no swimming difficulty which is a good sign I hope.. He said the swelling went down, too, but I didn't want to stick my face up there as well, since I am afraid of him getting startled. We did a water change both yesterday and today. I'm going to study and get some rest, I'll talk to you guys tomorrow. Thank you for the help, advice, and support.
Can you catch him in your hand? I gave up on nets and cups, but I can usually catch them. I'd heard that nets can harm their slime coat, and cups are just hard to use...
I take out all the plants and hides and then I can usually catch them. I hope that helps!!
I had a betta with a bad scrape injury once, unfortunately he didn't make it, but what about treating him with some sort of antibiotic in addition to proper water parameters? If he was a land animal I know you'd need an antibiotic cream or possibly oral meds, not so sure about a fish. :( I'm sorry, and I hope it all turns out okay for him!! Poor little guy. :(
To be honest, that's how I catch all my fish these days (except the ones with spines). It's a lot faster than any other method. I know it's generally discouraged to handle fish much because of the slime coat but I believe with proper water parameters, healthy fish, and the addition of Stress Coat, it's okay. I don't handle them that often anyway. It's not a method I recommend to people but if it's the only method that works, then I don't discourage it.