So, I & a friend have basically adopted my housemate's betta. He was living in horrible conditions and was nearly dead. He has very severe ammonia burns (his gills are BLACK, and there's some black bits on his body), doesn't seem to have much in the way of scales on his body (very pale, some do appear to be missing), and his fins are clear in some places and blue in others, with a lot of raggedness. To give you an idea, he's supposed to have a red body and turquoise fins. I think he is a veiltail, but I cannot tell if he's a double veiltail or if his fins are just that split.
So, he is now in a 1-gallon aquarium with an undergravel filter and heating light that I got from Wal-Mart for 10 bucks. Yes, I know this is not ideal, but we are students and money is a serious limitation. He has a lovely soft plastic plant and some gravel, and he has perked up quite a bit.
I know it is very hard to cycle a 1-gallon tank, but I was wondering about using some Jungle Start Zyme to help with that? I gave him some dried bloodworms tonight and he seemed to really like them, which is good because he hasn't eaten much for several days now. I got some of the Splendid Betta Water Conditioner with aloe to help with healing and some aquarium salt. We've been giving him a drop of AP Quick Cure each day for three days now, because he seemed to have fin rot, and they are looking quite a bit better.
We can't afford to go buy the water testing kits and such, and I know this setup is far from ideal, but believe me it is SO much better than what he had -- he was in a glass jug with a tiny opening, so rank it stunk up the living room. He was litterally rotting away with nothing to hide in, no stimulation or heat...
Please help me do the best I can. He's not even mine, but I and my other friend just could not stand to watch him suffer any longer. I'd love any advice you can give on Start Zyme, and how much to use of Aquarium salts and such.