I have had him 2 weeks Sunday. I rescued him from Walmart Sunday night (most of the bettas were dead or very close to death and I couldn't save them so I saved him from their fate) and he is teeny tiny. Anyway Monday morning he was floating on his side really sick. I thought he was dead. Once I saw he moved I immediately dropped him into a qt cup epson salt water. Glad to say he has made a womderful recovery and gets to finish his spa treatment on Thursday! Ok now for the part about him being afraid of me. When I first got him (and the first few days in his qt cup) he was not afraid of me at all. he would actually come up to see me when I came over. Well about the 4th day, he finally "used the restroom". I can't imagine it was his first time (even with him being so tiny) and it tangled inbetween his lower fins (he's a crowntail). It freaked him out so bad he was frantically swimming and thrashing trying to get it off him. I thought I should leave him be and thought he would take care of it himself. But after several minutes he was just becoming more frantic and agitated. He even pulled/knocked off one of his spikes from somewhere on his fins. When I saw the tiny "spike" laying at the bottom of his cup I knew he needed help. I took his cup out of his tank and took a q-tip cotton swab and gently brushed against the end of his "waste" (not against his body) and it came off onto the q-tip. I put him in the dark and he finally was able to calm down. But now, even several days later, he is terrified of me. I go over to his tank and he bolts to the opposite side of his qt cup. I can handle him not being "friendly" to me, but I don't want him terrified everytime he sees me. How do I console and comfort my betta?