I just set up a 10 gallon tank, and cycled it...all levels are correct, and water is at 80 degrees right now. I put my new Betta in the tank last night, and tried feeding him this morning....he just swims at the back of the tank, and wouldn't go near the food? Is this normal? Should I try a few times a day until he eats? Or should I only keep trying once a day? I removed the food that he didn't eat (well most of it)..any suggestions would be appreciated. Oh, by the way, his name Phineas.
Sometimes it can take a few days for them to adjust. They have to get used to where to go for getting food. I open the door & will tap the water with my finger to get their attention, usually they'll swim over, I'll drop one pellet so he can see it, sometimes they'll catch on quickly & other times not but it generally takes a couple of days. I don't usually remove the food if its one pellet because IME they will more often than not get it later.
It took me awhile. I read about 4 books, and searched the internet and forums like this before I made the final plunge....I just want Phineas to be happy and healthy as can be. Any advice that anyone can give is greatly appreciated. I have 3 live plants, and 2 silk, an adjustable heater (which currently is a little above 80, but think I should reduce to 78-89?), and filter (that is NOT strong), a thermometer, a rock decoration that has places to lie on and hide in, and a betta log. I bought regular betta food pellets, and dried worm meal, and have a flourescent light that is on a timer from 10:00AM to 6:00 PM. - I have water test kits ...
The two best recommended here are Omega One and New Life Spectrum.
The way to judge food is to look at the ingrediants. The first thing listed is what there is the most of. You want to see meat, i.e. fish products first. An example would be like on Omega One the first ingrediants are whole salmon, halibut, and shrimp. Also you want to compare the amount of protein. Bettas are meat eaters and need protein. Example, Omega One is 42% protein. What's in yours?