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Old 12-11-2011, 10:41 AM   #1 
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Can't Hold Down Food

Housing
What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 76-78 F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Atson Betta Pro
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets x2 a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? Twice weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime and API Stress Coat

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7
Hardness: ?
Alkalinity: ?

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Not really
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He started spitting up his food. Sucking it down, spitting it back up, etc a lot. I tried giving him one blood worm this morning, but he spat that back up, sucked it down, etc for 5 minutes. He seems to lose interest in the pellets after he spits them back up several times.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Earlier this week
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Iíve tried giving him smaller pellets and different foods.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 1 year.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:21 AM   #2 
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Are any of the foods you have tried the same as what he was eating prior to doing that?
Normally when they spit out food over and over it's them trying to "chew" it, break down larger pieces. But since you've tried different ones, then unsure exactly why he is doing it.

I would go ahead and just offer him what he was feeding prior to him spitting out, he will eat when he gets hungry enough.
While doing so, keep an eye and see if you can see his waste- sometimes it's hard, but if you see it and it's white and stringy then you may be looking at a case of internal parasites. But otherwise, he isn't showing any symptoms of illness- even with the lack of wanting to eat the food.
So for now, keep offering his food, remove any uneaten shortly after feeding and watch to see if his demeanor or body changes- coloration, clamped fins, lethargy, bloated belly, wasting away, white stringy waste, etc. We can't tell for sure if there is something that needs to be done until he gives us more symptoms other then being picky with his food.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:48 AM   #3 
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Thank you for the advice! I'm trying to keep a close eye on him.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:58 AM   #4 
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I know.. I have a couple of boys that do that once in a while.. eat fine one day, the next will spit out their food and ignore it. It's frustrating, but nothing that we can do- not like we can force feed them. Well, we can, but we won't ;)
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