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Old 11-05-2009, 11:54 PM   #1 
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Red face Finally beginning to figure things out for myself. :)

I think I've accidentally overfed my betta, and now he is experiencing some issues with keeping himself upright. I did some research and I am happy to know that the bulge on his sides right in front of the caudal peduncle is his swim bladder and that it is how it is supposed to look, supposedly. His stomach is very slightly distended so I'll fast him for about two days to see if he will look and act any better. I haven't seen him defecate at all either so that should be another sign.

But, on a happy note, I've actually been able to watch him make a bubble nest! It is simply amazing - he takes a huge breath of air and then deposits some bubbles under the mound he's made already. Really exaggerated body motions to go with the air gasping as well. It was really surprising to actually be able to hear the sucking noise through the tank walls (with a full cover on), and despite someone's muffled music playing down the hall. Each time he took a breath his back arched inward and his head went upward to the surface. It looked like was having convulsions, but thankfully it was not the case.

I also found out that he does not like to build his nest while the light is on - he was pretty perturbed until I turned it off when he continued on his merry way. This is so exciting - only 5 days and he is already making nests! I feel happy about that.

Does anyone else have fish that are very secretive about their nest-building?
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:00 AM   #2 
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Oops! Forgot that I wanted to add in a photo of his progress:

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I'm proud of him! :D
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:46 AM   #3 
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He's beautiful!! Also, nice bubblenest!
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:48 AM   #4 
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Wow, he looks great!
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He's beautiful!! Also, nice bubblenest!
Aw, thank you! I am so happy that he has become this comfortable in his tank. :) To be honest I wasn't expecting any replies about Desmoda himself since he was in such a off-camera position. :P
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:39 AM   #6 
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Wow, he looks great!
I'm glad you think so! I love his coloration, though his fins still need some healing. Thank you!

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I just love it when they make nest. Lets me know I am doing things right because they are happy. I really like his color he is very pretty.
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I just love it when they make nest. Lets me know I am doing things right because they are happy. I really like his color he is very pretty.
I'm feeling the same way, and with this being my first fish, it says even more to me. :D He is really something when you see the purple iridescence on his fins - in darker areas the edges of his dorsal fin make me worry about fin rot, but when they are in light you can see that they light up in a blue-purple flash. You learn something new every day with these guys. :D

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Old 11-06-2009, 01:43 PM   #9 
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Hes a very pretty boy :)
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