OK, so I don't know if this can quite be considered an EMERGENCY, but the rescue betta I brought home from my classroom isn't looking soo hot... I mean for a betta who was in visibly dirty water with a goldfish since the beginning of the school year, with kids dumping real food into his tank, he's doing awesome now. But... he probably suffered really bad fin rot and ammonia burns on his gills and body too... Okay well I'll just answer the forums questions:
What size is your tank? 2 gallons, for now, until I finish setting up and cycling my 10 gallon
What temperature is your tank? 75 F, that's all my mini heater would heat it up to, but before he didn't even have a heater, so...
Does your tank have a filter? No, the temporary tank doesn't
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes, but the heater I'm using for now isn't very good :/
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? He did live with a goldfish until just yesterday when I took him home.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Tropical fish flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? Well, I just fed him a bit this morning, first time since I brought him home, but before today, heck, him and the goldfish got fed way too much five times a day (morons in my class)
How often do you perform a water change? Planning on doing one or two half changes every day.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? I WILL do 50% but haven't done any changes yet
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner and a bit of aquarium salt
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He's a rescue so I never saw him before he got sick but the edges of his scales are blackened and his gills are black too and you can see his gills (or some sort of black thing) come in and out when he breathes, I don't know if that's normal... his fins are sometimes clamped and folded over, one of his ventral fins seemed burned, it's thinner than the other and has some black on it.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Well, his behaviour seems totally perfect. He's really active, but in a good way. Not flipping out and scratching against stuff but swimming around peacefully and gracefully like a betta should, sometimes flaring at his reflection.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? He's a rescue, so it's not something I noticed recently.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I haven't, unless using a bit of aquarium salt counts, and using special water conditioner which has healing powers.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not sure, but seeing the tank he was in before, I'd just say he had probably been sick for a WHILE...
How old is your fish (approximately)? I'd say at least 6 months???
Below is a picture so you can see, the last picture I uploaded of him he looked just a bit brighter orange than he actually is, but mainly you couldn't tell about the blackness around the areas of his gills and on the edges of his scales. This picture I took without flash, now he's probably a bit more bright than he is in this picture below. I think that his fins are nice and fine, if he had fin rot you can hardly tell, except for that bit I mentioned about his ventral fin... mainly it seems whatever disease he has, or had, is attacking his gills and scales... but the weird part is, sounds like parasites right? But he's not acting itchy or anything. Like I said, he's just swimming around gracefully. In case he has anything that might get infected, I will do a half change at least once a day
(ohhhh! by the way, it totally looks like his tail fin is missing in this picture! don't worry, it's definitely not! it's just the lighting, it's all shadowed)