Hi I recently got my very first and very beautiful betta, Oberon (who was sold to me as royal blue halfmoon). In my part of the UK the only way to buy is from a breeder although the big pet store 12 miles away occasionally has a veil or two in and in spite of arriving by post (express next day delivery and beautifully packaged with a heat pad to keep him warm) he settled in to his new home immediately and took food later in the day with no hesitation although it was a different pellet type to the one the breeder used. He is feeding well (2 pellets twice a day) and swims around happily in between lounging sessions on the plants, rocks, heater etc etc.
The thing that worries me is whether it is essential for bettas to build bubble nests. The tank has a central tube with air bubbles going through it (I've reduced the flow so he doesn't have to struggle to reach the surface or anything) and assume that he doesn't build a bubble nest because there are already small bubbles on the surface of the water all the time. He seems quite contented so is it going to distress him if he can't build a bubble nest?
Sorry if it is a silly question - any comments ?