Originally Posted by DormDrax
Uh... Once again you guys keep telling me Marble but... is that rare... is that a good trait... and can I stop panicking?
Yes you can stop panicking...for now
There will always be SOMETHING to panick about when Bettas are involved
Marble is a harmless genetic trait, it means the genes that determine his color and pattern are unstable and constantly fluctuate. The fish doesn't know any different, only you will.
It isn't exactly a rare trait, just uncommon. I believe it is estimated 1 in 10 Bettas are marbles. Some people go out of their way to try and find marbles, some people don't like them (they want the fish to stay the same as when they bought it). It's all about personal preference.
As for the plant I can't tell you much more than I have. Around here the shops don't use any "gel". Plants are just anchored in some gravel, you point and say "That one!" and it's pulled out and put in a bag with some water. The only thing I can suggest is moving it to a better lit portion of the tank and try buying some root tabs. I can't imagine the gel is good for the fish though.
And the eye, if you've done everything you can and Drax isn't bothered by it I don't see a problem. It may just be another genetic distinction (I don't belive in abnormalities, nothing is wrong necessarily, just different) for him.