Kronos is acting mopey-- and it isn't the water b/c Lila is fine and they share a divided 10 gal. He isn't eating and he hides a lot, and he kinda hangs out in the back corner near the surface. I don't know what is wrong, it doesn't appear physical.
Any odd behaviour and lethargy is usually an internal bacterial infection. Treat for 5 days with Maracyn-Two. It covers the most common infections. This should usually fix it. Suspected internal bacterial infections should always be treated right away. They can get bad really fast.
Well, he is new, so I am not sure if it is odd behavior or if he is just settling in. How long does it usually take for a fish to get familiar with his new home. P.S. I see him swimming when he thinks I am not looking.
Watch him carefully, Genie. Storm was so sick when I got him, laying on the bottom, under a leaf, coming up only for air. Phlox suggested after 3 days that I start treating him for bacterial infection. I did, with Maracyn Plus ( ease of dosing) and within 2 days I noticed a difference. Now he is all over the tank, he's eating and isn't afraid of the filter anymore. ( His new tank is here, I am going over to pick it up in a few minutes ) ;D It was amazing! Val
I was reading various sites last night in a quest for a fin rot fix, and I did see several options that are antibiotic food. So you just feed them strictly the special food for a period of time, rather than dose the tank. Unfortunately I didn't save any links, since it wasn't what I was looking for. But that might be a thing to look into.
I hope your little guy gets comfy and starts to feel better soon.
Well if he isn't the pickiest eater ever!!! I tried the bio gold pellets--nope, tried the medicated pellets--nope, tried covering blood worms with some gel-tek (which works on Cobalt)--nope! Finally I gave him a few micro pellets and he ate them, so I don't know if the others are just too big, or if he is too lazy to chew-- I don't know. So I crushed the medicated pellets and fed those, he spit most of it out, but I think I got a little in there.
He is small but not that small. But my girls cant eat regular pellets either, so who knows.
I had to make him a feeding ring, I used the band from around the milk jug, and hung it in the tank with a twist tie. It makes it easier for him to get to the food without it "running away".
The Ocean Nutrition Atison's Betta Pro food is made of Krill and has a completely different taste for them. It stinks to high heaven but they bettas love it and the pellets are tiny like about 1/6 the size of a Bio-gold pellet. They are technically for baby bettas until they get to 6 months but there is also a formula for the bigger bettas called Atison's Betta Formula. and the pellets are still much smaller and it also has a Krill base. They love the stuff and I have seen picky eaters go after it.
I have seen more than one betta owner almost declare bankruptcy trying to find the correct and acceptable food for their betta and usually the correct and easiest thing to do is call the store where you got them and ask what they have been fed and then try to adapt their food from there.