So, the 2.5g has been up and running for 4 days now, and Franky (male VT) is still not eating. I've gone through all the different kinds of foods in the last 2 days. Hakari pellets, betta flakes, bloodworms. The pellets he'll suck in, and then spit back out. He's eaten maybe 1 flake the entire time so far. the res he follows when they sink, and that's it. (I siphon them out afterwards of course)
Should I be worried? Never had a betta that didn't eat almost right away.
As long as he is otherwise acting okay...I wouldn't worry too much at this point.....maybe he will eat for you today after the water change since it is day 4-unless you did it yesterday.....what is the water temp and do you have a filter or live plants....
Yeah, put the filter back in today when I did the water change. Before I modded it, poor guy was just getting pushed around. So, I used some canvas (the plastic stuff from craft stores) and made a small screen for the inlet, and put a piece of sponge in there, I also put a piece of sponge on the outlet. Worked like a champ. Water temp is holding roughly at about 74*. I want to get it higher, but, the g/f doesn't have the cash to buy an adjustable heater. This was supposed to be her betta after all, yet I'm doing all the upkeep so far. lol. Although, she did pick up a new plant, and a skull-mountain cave thing. But the cave is waaaaay to big for the 2.5. it takes up nearly half the tank! So, I'll tell her to bring that back and get a smaller hideout for the little guy.
One other thing that worries me is his fin seems to be curling around itself. But if he squirts around as he sometimes does, it uncurls. I'm thinking this is due to the low temperature?
Mine didn't eat either the first days in a new tank. The only thing that worked was frozen red mosquito larvae. After that I had to change the mainsource of food from flake to attison betta pellets. My fish just doesnt eat flakes
My newest guy took 20 days before he would touch ANY food!! As long as you don't feed him ANYTHING until he eats what you offer (it's hard trust me) he will eventually get hungry. Mine sure did after the 20 days! Now after he's eaten them for a while now he loves them.....I drop them in and they barely hit the water and they're gone!! Just don't give in! Good Luck :)