Originally Posted by MJK87
He is in a 2.5 gallon tank with some fake plants and black gravel. The tank is filtered by a tetra whisper 3i filter and I have a zoomed bettatherm under gravel heater that keeps my tank a constant 78 degrees. I just found a light for the tank tonight at petco and picked up some new life spectrum betta pellets.
I just fed him the new pellets and he came to the surface and ate them so either it was the food or the new addition of the light.
He expanded his fins completely for the first time after he ate and puffed out his face gills as if to say thank you.....so glad that things might turn around now. Could the lack of the light have been the problem the whole time?
He has good taste: that's particularly good quality food! It shouldn't be the light. That's more for us or plants. Nice tank and good setup. Do you know about checking the plants to be sure they won't rip his fins? You will likely want to eventually get an adjustable heater. If he develops certain illnesses you would want to be able to raise the temperature. I've never seen one for a small tank at Petco, though. I had to order one over the Internet (I have a 2.5g as well)
I'm happy he has started eating!