I'm a new betta owner. I got my betta from a friend who couldn't keep him any longer, and I'm still in the process of figuring out how to best take care of him. I've been reading a lot on the Internet and upgraded my equipment successively over the last few weeks, and I can tell that he appreciates it. He's become a lot more active and he seems to respond to me now when I approach the tank.
The only thing that I don't seem to be able to figure out is how to best feed him because he totally ignores any type of food that floats. I've tried different types of pellets and flakes, and brine shrimp, too, but he doesn't respond to anything, even when I leave the food in there longer than I should. But when I present the same food to him on a skewer and hold it right in front of him, he will eat it right away.
Is this a common thing? He has no trouble swimming to the surface to breathe, but he just won't go up to eat. Is there anything I can do to encourage him? I have tried to find an answer to this online, but most people seem to talk about bettas who a) overeat or b) don't eat at all.
Thank you for any advice!