Good afternoon all!
Brand new here, but have found plenty of great advice from the forum in my research prior to purchasing my little blue crowntail male. Thanks to the community for all the info!
That being said, on Saturday I picked up "Finley." He's in a 10 gal with live plant, filter, heater, and aerator (that I only leave on part of the time and he actually doesn't seem to mind at all). After about 6 hours in his new environment, his fins loosened up a bit and he started really exploring. He already has his favorite hiding spots. On Sunday night, after about a day in the tank, he started getting all full of himself and flaring at his reflection in the walls of the tank. Yesterday, he finally started swimming up to me and waggling at me as I worked in my home office. He seems to be getting over the initial stress of being in the tank, and appears to be pretty happy by all counts, except one thing:
HE STILL WON'T EAT.
I have attempted giving him rehydrated freeze-dried bloodworms and pellets, but he has refused both. He did nibble at a pellet once, but spit it right out. The bloodworms he stares at for a second and turns away from. After a few minutes of watching him play dodge-the-dinner (or breakfast or lunch) I scoop out the refused meal and let him be. At what point should I start worrying? His eyes look healthy, his color is good, he's active, no bloat, no growth or rot. Think this is just a matter of "he'll start eating when he's good and ready?" or is there something I'm missing? Any particular other foods I should try, possibly something that no betta can refuse?
Also, meet Finley McGee. He's a cutie, especially now that he's over his camera shyness:
And here's his setup:
Thanks in advance for any advice!