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post #11 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 09:19 AM
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I've known people who had their Bettas in the tiny little cups they are sold in, with very dirty water and unheated, their tails were clamped and they looked very sick, and yet they were still making bubble nests. (This was ages ago, when I was a little girl and into my teens) I would venture to say that those fish weren't happy in those conditions, but there were bubble nests in there.
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post #12 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 03:28 PM
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Agreed. To me it kind of seems like healthy Bettas are less frequant bubble nesters. Maybe because in the wild bad conditions improve so they prepare. I read about a loach that was left in a thing of water for a year no food or water changes. At the end it was ready to breed.
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Well just an update on Lapis (as he is named) he seems to have settled in, we have him on the side table next to the sofa and he likes to swim and watch us when we sit there. He's been flaring at me quite a bit and his coulour has come back up.

Had to go unexpectedly away for 5 days, so he got fed but no water change in that time, I was a little worried about him but he was super fine when I got back. I think the tank ycled quite quick since I had a statue from my original tank in there.

Since I am home for the next 5 days I am thinking of moving him into my bedroom for that time so he feels a bit more with company... or do you thin kthat would stress him out?

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Unless he is stressed right now, I wouldn't worry about moving him, but if you are going to be moving him back and forth I probably would just keep him where he is.

And the other posters are right, betta's bubble nest in many conditions, but if yours is active then it generally he means he is happy. I have a Vt that will make one after every water change and a perfectly happy and healthy CT that I've only ever seen make one without help, so I wouldn't put too much investment into thinking that if they have to make on to be happy

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There was a long thread about this subject a few months ago. Apparently building nests is just an instinct driven activity, the need to breed as it were. Even dying fish feel the need to perpetuate the species so they build. Healthy fish build. Maybe only the sexually frigid don't build
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Hmmm, posts here led me to believe it meant they are happy. Was worried because I haven't seen Perry make one yet :/
Building a bubble nest , is a sign of maturity, for mating purposes Females will do this too

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Here's me thread on the nests, not really popular but eh.. It's fact. (;
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=112600

Over hundreds of bettas die in their small, dirty cups each day. Only you can help them live. Research and then save them, today!
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Here's me thread on the nests, not really popular but eh.. It's fact. (;
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=112600
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I was the first liter on your thread Lebron.
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Thanks guys! Does make sense since Lapis is around 1.5yrs old & Perry just a young one. Not sure of his actual age, didn't't think to ask to be honest. I noticed Lapis hiding a bit today but as soon as I sat near him he'd start swimming and flaring, so I hope that means he's ok. Former owner said flaring for him equals good mood...

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