I did put a new plant in Rusty's tank. So far it seems to be working at times he swims away from the plant but at other times he squeezes himself in the lower right hand corner where there is a little spot where he pecks at his reflection. Sometimes he floats between the vines.
Yes, we all have to remember that when our bettas see their reflection and peck, they are doing something that is in their nature which is to defend their homes; of course males over females. Our fish pets do have personalities of their own. He really shows off when I put the tank light on. The extra heat makes him feel good.