My betta will NOT eat and is losing color. I don't want him to die!
I got a male veiltail betta from the pet store about 2 weeks ago, he is in a bowl with some elodea plants. The first few days he was extremely happy, making bubble nests and eating whatever I gave him. I started out feeding him freeze-dried bloodworms as I accidentally picked those up instead of beta pellets or flakes, and figured he could eat those for a few days until I got to the pet store.
After about three days of feeding him the worms I bought some beta pellets, and he refused to eat them. He would sniff them and swim away. I figured he was being picky so I fed him the worms again, but then he wouldn't eat those! It has been 5 DAYS NOW and he refuses to eat anything I feed him. He will bite the worms and immediately spit them back out, and won't even taste the pellets. I broke up the worms because I thought maybe they were too large, but he would not eat even the tiny fragments.
I keep his tank clean and he actually is continuing to make bubble nests which I was told is a sign he feels comfortable in his home. i just cleaned his bowl 2 days ago though and it is already extremely dirty and has some sort of film on top? What could be causing this? I am going to clean it again now but why is it getting so dirty all of the sudden?
What am I doing wrong?! Please help my poor hungry fish.