We're on day four of betta ownership and I have another 'is this normal' question.
I got Lucky a plant and thought it was adorable that he was swimming through it. However, I caught on that he was acting like he itched. Now I'm seeing him try to scratch on the big agates I have in his bowl (which are fortunately rounded).
I panicked and thought ammonia, but water change makes no difference and he doesn't have red gills or any other symptoms. I can't see ich or velvet on him, but I'll post a picture in case someone with sharper eyes can see something wrong.
I found out the plant was an Aqua Fern and not actually aquatic. I just yanked it out in case that was the problem (do all water plants smell bad?), and there was a section of it that was dying. I saw on another 'itchy fish' thread that a dying plant could cause problems. Is that probably what's going on? Or should I assume he's got something else going on and start some sort of treatment?
1 gallon tank, unfiltered, temp of 78-79, fish is very active, eating well, and does not appear distressed. Just . . . itchy.