Ok, so here is what's going on. I got back from a trip for just a few days (roommate was feeding him) and the living plant in his bowl had a few leaves looking bad and he would grab a pellet and then spit it out. So I tried blood worms and for the first few days he would eat them instead of the pellets. I changed the water and trimmed the bad looking leaves off the plant. Then he stopped eating anything a few days ago. Yesterday I did a 100% water change and got a new healthy plant. Still wouldn't eat. He goes up to the top like he's going to eat and then swims away... or now he just spit the blood worm I put right next to him out. This morning he was swimming around and active, but wouldn't eat anything.
I have a 1 gallon jar. I can't get a bigger one. I had a beta before in the same living conditions that lived for a long time, so I know it can work. I don't have a heater, but I want to get one. Any suggestions?
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari pellets morning and night (when he eats...) and dried blood worms in place of pellets every once and awhile for a feeding.
How often do you perform a water change? once a week (but now after reading some forums I'm going to make it more often
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100% (sometimes I put in a little bit of the old water but not this time)
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I was using just bottled but this last water change was mostly treated tap water.
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: couldn't tell
Nitrite: between 0 & 20
(best guess from the colors)
I've only had him a month or two... and I really want to keep him.