I have two bettas right now from petco, they're halfmoon males. One is mine, one is my mom's. My mom's betta is named Lila, and my betta is named Penelope. When we first got them, Lila wouldn't eat anything except for a freeze dried blood worm and Penelope ate pellets and bloodworms. The petco employee told me they feed pellets. I never got lila to eat pellets, but I've been getting her to jump a little bit out of the water and snatch a peice of frozen mysis shrimp from my finger. Penelope on the other hand, is acting strange. When I put in a pellet, he'll ignore it. When it starts to sink, he will stare at it, and by the time he tries to go after it it's already too late to catch it, and he goes down to the bottom and stares at it among the gravel helplessly. I put in another pellet, and the same thing happens time after time. I gave up the pellets and tried mysis shrimp- its the same problem, although sometimes he'll catch a peice, and he'll chew it, spit it out, and try to grab it again, but he'll be too slow and it will sink to the bottom. He'll sit and stare at it stuck in between two pieces of gravel. I can't seem to get him to actually come up and take food from the surface, much less jump like Lila does, he will only chase it in the water, and he's much too slow, out of 10 peices of mysis shrimp I give him he'll catch one or two, and out of that two, 1.5 will sink back down to the bottom after being spit out. It's not that he's not interested in the food, he looks quite sad starting at it in the gravel, but he waits too long to go for the food. My last fish from this same store refused to eat and died, so I'm paranoid about the eating thing. Any ideas?