I've got one of those. He looks just like the one in the seller's photo. The photo you posted looks different than the seller's photo or am I seeing things? Still very handsome :)
You've only had him a few days, so perhaps he's just adjusting?
My fish had only been fed live daphnia and had no idea that pellets were food. Fortunately I had daphnia, and he also liked frozen brine shrimp.
The only pellets he will eat are this brand from Germany called Dr. Bassleer's Bio food. It's almost 60 % protein, and oddly he came to prefer it over live daphnia. Weird.
You might want to have a look at the ingredients in Hikari - mostly fillers. I think most of the pros on here like New Life Spectrum and I think Ocean Nutrition. The first ingredients are protein from fish and no fillers. (I'm just a hack, but I'm sure someone will chime in).
My "Alien" hybrid looks a lot like Mahachai - like the one in seller photo. He's got the personality of a wild fish - was very skittish for months. He definitely knows who feeds him, but he still likes to lurk under the driftwood a lot - he doesn't do laps like your fish!
For such a scardy cat he's a surprisingly aggressive fish, but that's a different story (example he harassed a guppy till it jumped out of the tank).
You're the first person I've met on here with another Alien so "Howdy!" !
Just curious where did you find yours? I found mine by accident at an Expo and couldn't resist.
The fact that your fish is bottom feeling seems like a good sign - mine does the same thing. He lets the pellets sink and grazes along the bottom. He's grown a lot since he arrived.
I'm not ambitious enough to raise black worms - your fish is lucky!
There's a couple of folks on here with wild betta perhaps they'll stop by.
Here's Rigel, like the blue star.
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