i stopped into my lfs because they also carry a tiny selection of things for small mammals and i wanted to see if they had anything that might interest my rabbits and of course i stopped to look at the bettas...which were in deplorable condition. their cups were smaller than petsmart/petco's and FILTHY. one beautiful pastel purple veiltail had a..cotton-y substance at the bottom of his. i happened to have a heated empty 10g so i knew one of the less sickly (i don't have any experience with anything other than finrot and didn't want to get in over my head) was coming home with me. i was torn between two boys with finrot and of course, one flared at me! choice made! when i went to purchase him they dumped him out of the cup and into FREEZING water in a bag. i am honestly a little shocked he survived it, the water felt so cold to me. but i'm so happy he did, meet alium!
(not the best photos, they were done with my phone with a very speedy fish)
his poor fins!
he coloured up quite a bit once he got warmed up, these were taken right before i switched him to a cup so i could start acclimating him to the water
i can't wait to see him healed and happy!