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because my betta had fin rot, but his fins are growing now, and he is more lively.
But for the past few days, he's been eating more slowly and spitting up food. I'll give him an Omega One Betta Pellet and he'll eat it, chew it for a while. Then I pop another one in, and he'll eat that one, chew, and then spit both out. He immediately then goes for them both, and takes a long time to eat it, then will eat one or two more.
Is this normal behavior? I was feeding him all bloodworms before, so is it possible that now that his diet has stabilized he simply doesn't feel the urge to eat as quickly as before?
What size is your tank? Two and a half gallons.
What temperature is your tank? 81
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? I think the filter uses an air pump.
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Betta Pellets.
How often do you feed your betta fish? About 3-4 pellets twice a day.
How often do you perform a water change? Every 3-4 days.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Nutrafin Cycle (Biological Aquarium Supplement) and Nutrafin Aqua Plus (Tap water conditioner) OR Stress Coat+ Conditioner
Also, I add some aquarium salt (the right dose as stated on the box. He responded positively to that).
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Fins are growing!
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Spits out food, but has been more lively then when he had the fin rot (although he's probably still be recovering from it).
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Three days
Have you started treating your fish? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Yes
How old is your fish (approximately)? Got him eight months ago at PetSmart