Help Male Betta Built The Bubble Nest, Now Won't Eat.

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All of a sudden, he started to build the bubble nest after I moved him from the 55 gallon community tank to a 3.5 gallon living alone.
He seems to be happy, ate a lot, but a couple of days ago, he started to build the bubble nest, and stopped eating...
I bought a female for him that day, but only a juvenile was left on the shelf, and she was half inch shorter than him.
I read some and found it was not recommended to put two betta that were not close in size together for breeding, so I moved her back to the community from the isolated container put in male's tank earlier.
The problem is he is still not eating and food grow mold.
What can I do now? Anyone had the experience to share? Much appreciated!
 

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Possibly try a different food or maybe a couple flakes to see if he goes for it. He could still be settling into his new place. A bubble nest is a good sign he is happy. I'de test the waters to make sure they are safe as well.
 

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Make sure to remove the uneaten food. Are you trying to breed them? Are you prepared for raising the fry and separating them as they age?
I agree about trying a different food. Some bettas are picky. Mine aren't, though... They're little piggies. All my fish love Bug Bites. Since it's only been a few days, he's not going to starve soon. Is he still swimming and behaving normally aside from not eating?
 
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kallililly1973 said:
Possibly try a different food or maybe a couple flakes to see if he goes for it. He could still be settling into his new place. A bubble nest is a good sign he is happy. I'de test the waters to make sure they are safe as well.
I’m now a bit confused.
He was in the 55 gallon with molly and platy fish. Probably ate a lot fry that I was unaware of, this was the only thing I was suspecting for this not eating issue.
He was doing fine in the past few days, except for not eating anything that I know. I tried to put a female in his tank to cheer him up, he was behaving normal, territorial and aggressive. If I can I would breed them but it was not the first priority. I want to keep all healthy and happy.
 
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Make sure to remove the uneaten food. Are you trying to breed them? Are you prepared for raising the fry and separating them as they age?
I agree about trying a different food. Some bettas are picky. Mine aren't, though... They're little piggies. All my fish love Bug Bites. Since it's only been a few days, he's not going to starve soon. Is he still swimming and behaving normally aside from not eating?
He was a little picky. When was in the main tank, he shared bug bites with molly and platy. That was not Betta good and they prefer different ph environment so I eventually took him out. Now I literally have no idea. I don’t want to feed him fry so I will starve him for a few more days and observe for his behavior.
 

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