I seem to have the same issue. Recently got a betta as a party favor when my 6 year-old son went to a b-day party at Petland. They put it in a little .5 gallon aquarium, then gave gave us an instruction sheet which said it needed no filtration or heater and said to feed it 2-4 pellets every 2 days. luckily i decided to do my own research and figured out all their info was garbage. anyway, he is now in a 10 gallon tank, to which i will be adding 6 cories this weekend. now that he is in the 10 gallon tank, with a filter, heater, a hollow log, and some soon to be growing live plants, he is MUUUUUCHHH more energetic.
The problem is that he does not seem to want to eat. I dried freeze-dried bloodworms, but he takes them in then spits them out a couple seconds later. then I tried Betta Pellets and he takes them in, chews them a bit, then spits them out. He will kind of chase it down when he spits it, and do the whole process again. Each time he spits it out it seems to get just a bit smaller. Is this normal behavior or should i be worried? Other than that he seems to be doing very well.
Bettas are piggies once they are adjusted to their new homes. Sometimes it can take weeks for them to fully adjust and be comfortable enough to eat healthy. And sometimes you get ones that have no trouble eating right away. I have had a mix of both myself. Every type of food, I've tried. New Life Spectrum is a good brand to get, as most picky eaters will prefer those pellets over any others.
They won't allow themselves to starve to death (unless they are ill), so continue attempting to feed twice a day, eventually they will learn that they are only going to have what is given to them and will eat.
Breeders feed specific foods while they are young, then days to a week or so prior to shipping, they are not fed usually. And it's a toss up if they are fed while in the cups at the stores- a lot of stores won't feed them, or feed them very very little as to not dirty up the cups too much with left over food and waste.
So sometimes you are having to get them back into the habit of eating, and eating what you are offering.. add that on top of the stress of the move and into a larger home when they are used to jars and cups- that's a lot to adjust to.
I have one that has been with me for a month, and he still won't eat regularly. In fact, he refuses to eat the food until it has sunk to the bottom and softened up. I don't like doing that, as the longer the food sits in the water, the less nutrition it has, as it starts to lose it's nutritional value the minute it hits the water. But there is nothing I can do about it, just the way he is.
So don't get too worried just yet, they will eat when they are ready and it takes weeks to a month before they starve.
[quote=Nemo Betta;971654]I seem to have the same issue. Recently got a betta as a party favor when my 6 year-old son went to a b-day party at Petland. They put it in a little .5 gallon aquarium, then gave gave us an instruction sheet which said it needed no filtration or heater and said to feed it 2-4 pellets every 2 days. quote]
Bettas as party favours? :( Why are even petshops incapable of seeing past bettas as profitable decorations?
ok i think i found the problem. he is seeing his reflection and constantly chasing it. how can i stop the reflection he is in a round tank. what should i do to stop the reflection.
i think its stressing him out.
Do you have a light on in your tank? Or your room? Try putting a pellet in the tank without the light on, cutting out the reflection. Wait about 5 minutes and then check to see if he ate, if not remove it before it sinks.