Hi everyone-- just joined this forum! I love bettas and figured this site would be a fun community to join. :D
Anyway, I was recently shopping, just bumming around with friends, when we went into a pet store and found their bettas. They were AWFUL-- at least 5-6 were dead in yellow water, almost all of them had fin rot, and most were looking like they were on their way out. I picked one up to rescue him.
I had a tank arrangement all set up-- unfortunately, it was at a friend's house, and I wasn't able to get it until the following day. I kept the rescue (who I named Irwin) in a small vase until he could have his BIG bowl.
When I came home with the bowl, I couldn't find Irwin anywhere. He had jumped. D: He was on the ground, sticky, but when I touched him he flopped about. I got him back in the water immediately, but he was covered in dust and dog hair and other miscellaneous floor debris. His tail fin retained some damage, a little tearing on the edges, but otherwise he looked alright, all things considered. I covered his vase, fixed up his new bowl (which is at least 2-3 gallons I'm guessing) and used a water treatment on the water.
Two days later, he's swimming around and looking vibrant, though he still hasn't eaten since I brought him home. I'm guessing his lack of appetite is because of the stress. My question now is: how can I get him to eat? I have regular fish flakes, frozen bloodworms, Wardley brand betta pellets, and HBH Betta Bites. My other betta, Levi, is pretty ravenous when it comes to the flakes and bloodworms. I've tried Irwin with all of the dry stuff, but not the bloodworms yet. I'm wary with them, since they made Levi constipated once...
When I put a pellet on the water, Irwin doesn't notice. I poke at it a bit with a tooth pic, which usually works with Levi, and Irwin swims up to it like he's going for it-- but then he kind of... stops. And goes about his day.
I don't want to leave the food in his tank, since it'll cloud the water.
I'll post pics of Irwin and his bowl soon, after the camera charges.