I have a picky new betta too. I got him a week ago, and so far he has refused Omega One betta buffet, tetrabetta pellets, bettamin flakes, and Hikari bio-gold betta pellets. THe only one he'd even put in his mouth was the Hikari, but he spit it out. All he has eaten is a couple pieces of freeze dried bloodworm two days ago, and the day before that. I've ordered some NLS betta pellets and freeze dried daphnia and brine shrimp. I talked to the Petco employee today. She said she had a betta once who would only eat bloodworms, so she just fed him that but only every third day. She also recommended not forcing them to fast for many days if they won't eat what you want them to eat because one of hers died when she did that. Just thought I'd mention and see what others think. If "fussy fishy" won't eat any of the other foods when I get them, I don't know what else to give him unless I try some frozen food.
Wildstorm - funny (but fortunate) that he's eating now when you leave the room. I tried that too and came back to soaked pellets at the bottom of the bowl.
If I want to try soaking pellets in garlic, do I just crush a garlic clove and set the pellet in the juices for a few minutes? Or can I use garlic powder in some water and soak the pellet in that?