I feed my albino betta, Edgar, 3 of the little betta pellets every other day and have done this since I got him one and a half years ago. Lately, I've noticed he "carries" the pellets around in his mouth and acts like he is in distress by swimming around and up and down while holding the pellet. He usually either gets the pellet down his throat or he spits it out and doesn't go back to it. It's like maybe the food is getting stuck in his mouth or teeth if they have teeth. I also give him a pinch of flakes for something different too.
Today i was watching him and he got his food, it went in his mouth, stayed there, and you can actually see it in his mouth, then he started swimming up and down back and forth like he was trying to dislodge it. His fins were working overtime as he sank to the bottom. I started freaking out and got his little net and scooped him out of the bowl and the pellet fell out once i got the net off of him.
Has anyone every heard of this happening? Once the food is out of his mouth, he is back to his normal calm self. I'll keep feeding him just the flakes, but i know he loves his pellets too. Other than crushing the pellets up like food for an old man, I don't know what else to do. thanks!