Originally Posted by Surferjo
Normally when i pick up a fish from Petco i place the container in the tank to transition the temp for 20 mns than do a slow teaspoon at a time water acclimation. Should i being doing anything different for an imported fish? Is there water drastically different from ours in any way?
I've bought many fish from Thai sellers and have done pretty much the same as what you (and I) do for fish from Petco. One thing that is pretty constant with any betta I've got from Thailand is that they don't recognize pellets as food. If they refuse them (even after having a couple of days to settle in) I try two things...Try one...fast them for 2-3 days and then see if they are hungry enough to try them. Try two....switch to betta flake style food. Even freeze-dried blood worms are a new experience for Thai betta but I've discovered that once they try a nibble most of them are crazy for it. Good luck. Two of my four guys are from Thailand this time (around 6 years ago I had many more betta with 35-40 of them from Thailand) and all of them accept pellet food although with one I have to poke at it until it sinks as he refuses to eat from the surface, likes chasing the food as it sinks and will even pick it up from the gravel. I'm feeding Biogold right now with Tetra freeze-dried bloodworms once a week. Because a couple of my guys seem to like very small pellets I also plan to start feeding NLS small fish which I've also heard tends to sink. When I can get to a Petco I hope to make their day by getting some frozen bloodworms and everyone will be happy.