Finally got my new boy. He was super scared at first, but he's definitely starting to come around. He knows me now, and comes up to investigate me for a bit before retreating behind the filter.
My problem is that I'm having trouble getting him to eat. It's not that he doesn't *want* to eat. He just seems kind of... too dumb to eat? He gets excited when I take the top off, but when I drop the pellets in he manages to get maybe one pellet out of every three or four. He'll go for the pellets but miss. Or he'll blow bubbles at them instead of eating them. Or he'll swim around looking excitedly until it he knocks it with a fin. When it eventually falls down from the surface he just sort of looks around like "huh? where did it go? It's MAGIC!"
I thought it might be bad eyesight but he can see me and the food container just fine, and has no trouble navigating the tank. His tummy is not nicely rounded, but not super skinny either, so I guess he can get by on this. It'd be nice not to have to waste three or four pellets before he finally manges to eat one. I hate to think of that extra food falling into the substrate and rotting. Plus it's extra food for the booming pest snail population.
I'd really appreciate any suggestions to help my boy eat.