Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
Do you have a filter or any water movement..if so remove it...not needed in a spawning tank and can make it hard for the bubble nest to remain intact.
Too cool/ dry air can also cause bubble nest issue-be sure and cover the top of the tank with something to help retain the heat and humidity...I use plastic veggie wrap on mine-this is really important for proper labyrinth development of the fry as well-that first breath of air in the 2-4 week mark-its really important that the air be humid and warm and often the reason for sudden mass deaths of fry and/or buoyancy issues.
Too strong/high watt lights can cause bubble nest problems
Good that you are using tannins in the water-this will help
Remember-by running the tank without anything organic in it....you are only aging the water-it will not establish the nitrogen cycle unless the needs of the beneficial bacteria are met....food-surface area and oxygen....nothing wrong with aging the water.....but you generally don't need to as long as you use a good dechlorinator and make the needed water changes....
Any live plants in the spawning tank and how are you conditioning him-since he is not making a bubble nest for you....also, some male may not make a nest until they have eggs in their mouth.
What are you using for the nest anchor-personally I like to let mine use the underside of water lettuce-sometime they will use a sword plant leaf that has grown large enough that it lays over at the top and I have used a dry Oak leaf that floats until it water logs and sinks...I like to give my guys a choice...lol....but since I spawn using a natural method I don't use anything thats not organic in nature-Bettas usually are not picky...lol.....so anything will work or even nothing at all and they will use the tank edge..
No, I do have a sponge filter in there but I did turn it off (unplugged it) weeks ago cuz I already knew it would be harder for the male to make a nest.
I also have a hood on my tank with tape all around it covering any small holes there may be....so thats fine, it even shows humidity in the tank I can see it so I dont think thats the problem...
I am using the same wattage bulbs as my first spawn.
Yeah I have two live plants in the tank plus a huge plastic one I just put it not too long ago. One live plant is Wisteria but the other Im not not sure what its called, same two kinds I used last time as well lol.
Ive been conditioning him for weeks now because of the difficulties Im facing...he gets mostly frozen bloodworms, but dry as well....sometimes frozen brine shrimp and sometimes pellets. The last time I was at the stage where the male and female were together (female not released yet) but he had made a pretty decent sized nest but I could see the bubbles were slowing popping....
And Im using an almond leaf for the nest building ....I am doing everything I did the first time but for some reason the bubbles wont stop popping....
Will cleaner water help the situation or make it worse??? I thought maybe because the water wasnt aged enough the bubbles wont stick?