This is a pretty long post, sorry So I just rescued this crowntail betta last night from my lfs who had apparently forgotten that they even stock them. He was in really filthy water- literally swimming in his own waste more than water- in a shipping packet! So I asked the employee how long the fish had been there and he said a month! A month in the about 30 ml filthy water without food! I couldn't just leave him there, and I always wanted a crowntail so I brought him home and put him in my 1 gallon qt bucket with 2 juvie rabbit snails. Please see- Betta Fish Story Temps here are pretty warm(I'm in the tropics), so he gets along without a heater just fine. First thing I noticed was his eyes were a little weak and he doesn't flare. Secondly, his fins are fine- no fin rot. But when I shone a flashlight at him, I could see golden glinting around his gills- he also has gold dust along his body, but that's just his colouring. Can it be velvet or gill flukes? Also, his gills open and close rather rapidly, but he doesn't 'flash' other than squirming at his reflection occasionally. He also has a great appetite- he ate bloodworms in a flash and even picked at the piece of pea I threw in for the snails. So, my question here is - does he have velvet? And around his gills you can see red gashes- ammonia poisoning? He has really settled in and blowing bubble nests everywhere and zooming around in the tank. I've already put in some indian almond leaves in his tank (which has cabomba and some rotala) and am doing 50% wc daily. And insight about his condition is appreciated! Note- Pics were taken after just putting him in the bucket. After he's healed, he'll go in a divided 12g tank with my other betta. @Bruxes and Bubbles @tunafax @KinsKicks @BottomDweller please help!