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New crowntail, Dawson spitting out food.

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I know bettas can go awhile without food, but what worries me is my little guy Dawson is not rounded at the tummy at all, and seems quite thin if you look at him from above. He is young though. I brought him home from Walmart, where he's been for a few weeks - (scary). I got him early yesterday and took him home to a ready tank and got him used to it gently. He seems healthy otherwise.

I waited till just before bed when I feed my other betta, Clementine and tried a soaked Omega One Buffet pellet. He latched on, got it in and then within 30 seconds it was right back out. I tried it with 2 more. This morning I tried a blood worm and an Aqueon pellet. Same. Not sure if he's trying to get used to his surroundings or? I have the fishy glass stones in the bottom and he keeps trying to go after the fallen food, but it just keeps coming back up. Makes me feel bad for my new friend. :( Is this just a waiting game or should I be doing more?

What size is your tank? 2.5 Gallon
What temperature is your tank? 80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, Carbon
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

What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? for him (if he'd eat) 2 pellets, 2x day because he is small yet.


How often do you perform a water change? Twice weekly, 100% and 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime

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

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 7
Hardness: 25
Alkalinity: 100

Symptoms and Treatment
He seems fine, not even ferociously hungry, but is going after food - just not striking at it. When he gets the soaked pellet, he spits it out. I have tried a few different kids of food I have.

Does your fish have any history of being ill? None known

How old is your fish (approximately) Not sure, he looks young and has his color. He's a beautiful crown tail I've been looking at at Walmart, and was 1 of 3 survivors of the last shipment they had. My guess 5-6 months + ???
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Possibly the pellets are too big for him. I have a crowntail female who would spit them out. When i cut them in half she eats them fine.
that's why I have new life spectrum small fish formula (I also feed pellets) to most of my guy because its small crumbles, but if you put to many they sink faster then they can eat them
It can take a few days before betta really eat once getting into their new home. Often times the stress of the move, the excitement of a new tank, and just adjusting to their new environment in general translates to a few skipped meals. Give him a few days to see if he starts taking the pellet down.

What pellets are you feeding?
Hi, thank you for the responses, I'm feeding Omega One Betta Buffett. I know they feed cheaper at Wally World and I've seen his and the other's cups stuffed with these HUGE orange pellets when I've been there and looked them over before. I have no idea how they even eat them. When I got him yesterday his water was clear at the top and there was this brownish murk floating on the bottom, not sure if that was his poo?

I cut an Omega pellet in half and tried and that popped back out too. We are going out and I can try to find some New Life Spectrum for small fish today. But I'll keep trying at regular feeding times and get him used to a schedule. He still seems spritely and active and willing to peer out of the tank at me. So cute!
Bettas can go for some time without food. They are bug eaters remember and surface ones at that- they cannot eat in the wild during bad weather etc etc. Going without is built in.

You can always try soaking his pellet chunk in garlic juice, some owners find that this can help them stomach their food for some reason.
He might also not be used to chewing. If his breeder/keepers were feeding him flakes or freeze dried he might be trying to wrap his head around needing to put some effort in. He will get it sooner or later.
Update ~

Dawson is eating! :) I am going to have to stick with the Omega One Betta Buffet Flakes for a little while, as he still spits a little bit out (not a much as he was) but he is pooping normally and has really taken a shine to his surroundings and tank now. I'm still going to try with the pellets one a week to see how he does but I'm just happy more is staying down. :) Thank you all for your responses ~ the garlic juice was going to be my next course of action.
I am glad to see him settling in so well!

He is lucky to have such a dedicated parent to look after him.
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