I have done a lot of FAQ reading but can't really pinpoint my problem (or if I have one) so please bear with me as I post this.
I bought a Betta the other day. I'm an avid lover of animals great and small so I made sure I got all the stuff he needed. I have an 18L tank, an air pump, a plant, white rocks, water treatment pellet things, and some toys (a Japanese style gate and a water wheel). And a heater. And a thermometer.
I washed the rocks thoroughly before putting them in, put the other stuff in, filled up the tank, set up the heater and pump, waited till it was at least a decent temperature, dropped in the lil white pellet water treatment thing, then put the fish in.
When he went in the water was still cold but I wanted him out of the bag so I put him in. He just kinda sat there a bit but found his way over to the heater and hung out there. After the water reached 26*C (where it is now) he was swimming around and seemed quite happy to not be in a plastic cup anymore.
He's still active, he swims around, comes to the glass if I'm there (as long as I don't get too close), if I scare him he swims fast! He seems healthy, no parasites or pop-eye or any stuff listed on Betta sites.
**BUT** the pellets I'm giving him from the pet store that they recommended, he seems to be eating them, chewing a bit but then spitting them out. He doesn't have a large belly, so he's not over-eating as far as I can tell. This is day 2 and it's a relatively huge tank so I can't imagine the waters bad already, and he isn't exhibiting any lethargy or malaise. He doesn't exactly run circles around the tank mind you he kinda floats around from spot to spot checking stuff out but he certainly doesn't seem under the weather. He isn't running into stuff or scratching himself against things.
Today I will buy new food and see if he likes that more.
The food I bought was what they recommended and (ha ha) says 'high quality on it and whatever. It was more expensive than what I had in my hand when the discussion came to food.
If the waters fresh, he seems healthy, and basically I'm starting from scratch and have a clean slate here, what could be the non-eating issue?
Sorry for the long newbie post but I just want to get it right from day 1. (Day 2 now).
Thanks very much for reading
Edit: and here are some photos
(crappy cellphone quality sorry)