That is a good idea about the cell. I will try all three cameras... I have found NOTHING online containing information about internal injuries in bettas, and I see someone else is having a problem, so for the sake of posterity I really do feel as if I should take picture's now.
Does your QT tank have a filter? This might be like comparing apples to oranges, but I was thinking that if oxygen treatments are given for decompression sickness in humans, then it might be beneficial to ensure that the fish has oxygen-rich water. And since surface agitation helps with the oxygen supply, I decided to turn on the filter- my first impulse was to turn it off so my betta didn't have to swim any harder than he had to.
I don't know if injury from decompression even matters after the injury from compression...it was just a thought.
I'd think about it this way....you just just got slammed into a wall. Do you want to run a marathon? I can't say more oxygenated water would be *bad* for wounds, but it seems like the agitation of the water to produce that tiny benefit would not be worth the additional stress.
I was thinking more about the gas bubbles that form internally when divers go from high pressure to low pressure suddenly. They're supposed to rupture internally and cause organ failure in some cases. But heck, science isn't my thing- this might not even apply to fish, or in a complete vacuum when they can't breathe at all.
I ended up putting the sponge baffler back on my filter- you were probably right, the less stress the better. My betta is back to his normal curious self, thank goodness. He even did some work on his bubble nest, which I promptly destroyed- poor guy- when I did a water change. He's got a big scrape right above one of his gills and the ends of his caudal and anal fins turned bright red- I don't think it could have been fin rot because it happened right after the Incident and I'd been doing a water change (granted, I only got to about 20%...). The red is almost gone now, and I'm changing his water once a day to make sure its immaculate. Hopefully all will heal with just clean water but I'm keeping an eye on it.
I used the gravel vacuum again today (very, very carefully), and the little goofball stills wants to check it out. You'd think he'd be scared of it...
I would like to upload images of my girl's recovery. Yes, she survived! It took two weeks but she made it. She even introduced back into the sorority with no problem :)
To beat it all, and to explain why I dropped the thread, we had a HUGE snowstorm/icestorm that very night, and lost power! I couldn't keep her warm for 48 hours, or even clean her initial hospital water, yet she lived. Whoever said bettas are bullet proof was right.
Anyway, I click inset image and it asks for a URL link...I cant just insert from my files. Help? I would really like to share my photos since when I googled and yahoo'd and bing'ed for HOURS I could not find any specific info. I would like to help others with this footnote.