Hey. I got a betta last week from petsmart and he was a little dull but I liked his colors. He brightened up a bit after a few days of feeding and he acts like a normal betta should, eating all of his 2 pellets twice a day, swimming around, making bubbles around his bowl, but I'm not sure he's ok. I think it was Thursday that I saw a fresh scratch on his head just above his eye and his fin was ripped. I checked everything in his cage and the only thing that could have scratched him was his live plants. However every site I go to says plants can't hurt fish. This plant was a golden something or other that the petsmart guy said was perfect for bettas. I decided to keep a watch on him and his scar is almost gone and his tail is mostly healed. I changed his water yesterday making sure that the tap water was correctly treated with conditioner and left out till it was room temperature. But now, within the last 5 hours he has gotten red marks on both of his gill flaps! I don't know it this is his coloring or what but I am scared. He is acting normally but a little more active in his swimming. I thought it might be velvet but I looked it up and he should be acting sick or have a goldish shine to him if it is. He has neither of these symptoms. Could it be his plants? HELP?!?
PS: He is in a bowl with 69 degree water. As soon as I go to Walmart I am going to get him a 10 gallon tank which I already have a heater for.