Originally Posted by callistra
Just because it was caused by water quality problems doesn't mean it should be an automatic conservative treatment.
No need to get excited. What I meant by my post is that since filthy water quality was the biggest cause, the first line of defense is to re-adapt him back in super clean water with the most basic natural ingredients. The drastic change in water chemistry is tough for the betta to deal with, so take this one step at a time and add meds if necessary after further observation in order to avoid further stress. Your method or OFL's method is not right or wrong, it is just that we differ in our experiences and philosophy in treatment.
Did I at any time tell the poster not to use meds at all? Did I say that this warrants an automatic conservative treatment just because I or another prefer the "conservative" way first? That's why this is a public forum, for us all to put down our opinions and for the poster to decide which he/she is most comfortable with. Ideally the poster should have included photos to help with the diagnosis as well as for us all to see how urgent or dire this matter is. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.