Well yeah since his bad accident... Venus has taken a turn... for the worst. I don't think I could find something that ISN'T wrong with him. His tail and fins and clamped together and he won't flare no matter what, he's went from bright red to dark red and almost brown, around his gills has turned gray/silvery, his eyes are kinda clouded, he has dark flecks all over his face which shouldn't be there, his pelvic fins have shortened, his missing scales from the accident STILL haven't shown any signs of healing, he's often floating on his side and moves once you gently tap the glass, he hardly moves and when he does he's darting and slithering around.
This weekend my friend (the one who bought me Venus for my birthday .) came over and when she looked at him said he was clearly suffering and that I should flush him. I knew that most fish lived through it and then the suffered in the awful water and I told her so but she said he was so weak the impact from the flush would probably kill him, I had even told my friend I would almost be a bit relieved if Venus could die soon, because I hate to see him in all his suffering, but just like I said to my dad after his accident with the terra cotta pot "If he has to die, let him do it in a familiar, happy place." and I said that I felt maybe I hadn't tried hard enough to help him so flushing him just wouldn't feel right... believe me, I was almost tempted though, awful as it sounds.
All I think I can do other than clean water and salt is maybe I should try a bit of medicine. I am sort of scared though because last time I gave him some medicine (MelaFix) it went awful. I have a bottle of Bettafix Remedy left from when I had my first betta, but I've had it for a little over 3 years.. and my last fish had died after I used it though my mom thought it was cause I overdosed or that my fish never even needed the medicine in the first place. So I'm worried to give Venus some but would it be alright?
Another thing, I just have a feeling it's not good to keep bettas in fairly big tanks when they are sick (Venus is in a 3 gallon) And I'm considering moving him into a 2 gallon bowl for a while, while I possibly give him some medication. Oh yeah, and if the medicine I have is too old, should I just buy a new bottle? I mean, is it good medicine and would it possibly help him. Or what other medicine would come in handy? Thanks for the help