New here, and new betta owner. I got him from Petsmart about a week and a half ago, and it turns out he had Velvet. I've read up quite a bit about it and a few other subjects since getting him, and he is on some medication to help him with the Velvet.
Currently, he's also in a 1.5 gallon tank with a heater and a filter. Yes, I realize this is a bit small and it will be upgraded soon. My fish is also seeming a bit perkier, swimming about quite a bit, and exploring his rocks/plants despite the Velvet. He was very lethargic for a few days and I was worried he was going to die, and I realize he might -still- die if the care is not maintained until Velvet is all gone.
However, I'm having a problem with him eating. He just is not interested -at all- in pellets or betta flakes. He has taken some bloodworms (freeze dried) but, as I understand it, these are just treats and not meant for an every day meal. I've tried two different types of betta pellets and he mouths them, spits them out...and lately has just been ignoring them all together. Given the fact he hasn't eaten much at all since I got him, largely due to him being sick I think, I really want to try to entice him into eating a little and not just "treat food".
Does anyone have any suggestions? I've tried half pellets (he is still quite small) but he just doesn't seem to like them one bit. Also, any further tips for overcoming velvet would be helpful too. As I mentioned, he's getting medicine for it, his water his treated at every change so it's safe, and he has a filter (though I'm not running it with a filter while he's on his medicine, just an air rock) and his tank is heated. I've also been keeping his tank out of the light, as I've read Velvet thrives in light.
Thanks in advance.