Female betta change in eating habits

Sputnik

Hi all
My female betta Mahachai is giving me all kinds of worry! I have had her for six months ( she was a young juvenile at acquisition) and except for a brief period acclimating to a new tank she has always eaten like a pig. She ate anywhere from 4 to 6 ocean nutrition pellets in the am and brine shrimp in the pm, and was also active. Over the past 3 -4 weeks she eats only about 2 or 3 pellets a day and hardly eats frozen food. Her activity has decreased in the past 3-4 weeks too. I think she has reached maturity and has colored up since January- she now has has her adult coloration. Parameters in that tank are ammonia 0, nitrites 0 and nitrates 10-20 ppm ( 10 ppm right out of the tap). pH is about 7.8. I do 25-30 percent water changes with gravel vaccing weekly. Pellets are fresh ( under 6 months since opening) and stored refrigerated). Frozen food is under six months old. Tankmates are fine and she does not appear bloated to me. The only issue I could identify is that the male is pestering her more ( he grew a lot and she is under 2 inches). Yesterday I moved her from the 15 gallon to a 7.5 hospital tank. Parameters same as above except nitrates at 10 ppm. She is more active ( though not much) but still eats less and spits out food. Here are some pics. Does she look thin? Bloated? Is this just a normal change that comes with maturation? Any ideas and suggestions for next steps are welcome!
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BigManAquatics

I didn't see, but what is the temperature? That can affect metabolism and how much eaten.

Also wondering if maybe she just changed tastes in food?
 
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Sputnik

Thanks for responding!- the first pic is the temp for the old tank( 77.2 F) and the second is the hospital tank ( 78.4 but set at 80) I tried other pellets too- anything bigger than the smallest pellet gets spit out. Same with daphnia ( I think she is sick of it as I used to feed this to her a lot) chopped mysis shrimp and blood worms ( she nibbles the first few small pieces and then stops). Her belly has not changed much in size but with the spitting out I worry about “constipation” I can try an empirical round of general cure and try feeding her kanaplex medicated food but at least to my eyes she doesn’t look ill... its all in her behavior. I’ve never had to deal with something like this before!
 

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BigManAquatics

Thanks for responding!- the first pic is the temp for the old tank( 77.2 F) and the second is the hospital tank ( 78.4 but set at 80) I tried other pellets too- anything bigger than the smallest pellet gets spit out. Same with daphnia ( I think she is sick of it as I used to feed this to her a lot) chopped mysis shrimp and blood worms ( she nibbles the first few small pieces and then stops). Her belly has not changed much in size but with the spitting out I worry about “constipation” I can try an empirical round of general cure and try feeding her kanaplex medicated food but at least to my eyes she doesn’t look ill... its all in her behavior. I’ve never had to deal with something like this before!
Tried Bug Bites? The pellets are really small...also available in flakes.
 
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Sputnik

Yes, lol, but those have out of rotation awhile ( she didn’t seem to care for the bites or flakes). Maybe its time to try again- who ever heard of a finicky betta!

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BigManAquatics

Yes, lol, but those have out of rotation awhile ( she didn’t seem to care for the bites or flakes). Maybe its time to try again- who ever heard of a finicky betta!

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Only heard of the finicky ones, never seen one myself!
 
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