Hi. I'm a new member, and I've had my first betta about a week. He's a male crowntail betta named Ozymandius. I've read the FAQ here, and there are some things I definitely need to do (get a larger tank and heater, to start with). Right now I have him in a small bowl with about half a gallon of water.
Ozzy is a gift from my best friend, and she aso gave me a TetraBetta Floating Mini-Pellets. I had been giving him the pellets twice a day as indicated, but he didn't seem to keen on them. I saw him swim up and take a bite of them, but then spit them out, and then eventually they'd all sink to the bottom. This went on for three or four days, and I was getting a little worried. In the meantime his water was getting dirty, so I went to PetSmart and got some supplies (a couple of books on bettas, a small net, betta water conditioner, some different types of food), and went home and changed his water.
Afterwards, to reward him, I gave him some bloodworms. He *loved* the bloodworms. Gobbled them up ravenously for about five minutes. Unfortunately, I think I put a little too many in there, and some of them sank to the bottom of his bowl and got lost in the rocks. I've been trying to stir the rocks every now and then so he can get at the rest, and I think I got most of them, but there are probably still some remnants.
Now here's the problem: Since I gave him the bloodworms, he hasn't touched his pellets. I've been putting them in there and he hasn't gone near them. I also got some flakes (TetraMin Tropical Flakes, which claim to be for all tropical fish, and have a picture of a betta on the label), and he hasn't touched at all, either. Does he just not like pellets or flakes? Have I spoiled him already? He is now acting very hungry, rooting around in the rocks at the bottom for something to eat, while some fresh pellets and flakes float on the surface untouched. Help!