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Old 11-22-2010, 04:38 PM   #1 
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Bubble Nest Question

I've seen talk about male bettas making bubble nest. I've had our family betta, BoBo (3 year old named him), for 1.5 weeks now and he has made his second bubble nest. The first he made Saturday and I had to destroy it because that's water change day. He made another one that night.

My question is, are bubble nest a sign of a happy betta or something else? This is my first betta.

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Old 11-22-2010, 04:39 PM   #2 
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It means he feels happy and safe where he is and wants to let the females know he's ready for a family.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:44 PM   #3 
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Thanks for the quick response.

Poor guy. He just doesn't have a clue that there will be no females.

I have 2 kids and with this betta I feel like I have another baby in the house to worry about. I feel like a good mom seeing that bubble nest. It's really a pretty nest when I turn the light on. Is this a real nest for caring for eggs/baby bettas?
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:50 PM   #4 
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Well, I'm not a breeder so I don't know the specifics but yes, my understanding is the betta use the bubbles to protect their eggs and fry until they can swim on their own. Happy males will make the nest regardless of if there are any females around.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:15 PM   #5 
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so I don't know how old my betta is(he is from pet-land) but he hasn't made one bubble nest yet. I have had him for 1 month. am i doing something wrong?
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:21 PM   #6 
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Fishyfriend: nope, bubble nests aren't always a sign of happiness, just a general sign of good mental and physical health and a way to mark territory. Because bubble nests are so fragile, too much water movement can inhibit his attempts at making bubble nests. Also, older bettas or younger bettas won't make as many as others, and even those in their prime might not make them if they don't feel a need or urge to. There are actually lots of bettas that don't make too many bubblenests in their lives, yet they are very well cared for.

Heather: yes, it's actually a nest of sorts. The female lays eggs, and the male puts the eggs inside of the bubbles and around the bubbles so that they float and so that the newly hatched fry have somewhere to hang from until they are free swimming, and even after they are free swiming they hang around the nest so Dad will protect them.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:36 PM   #7 
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Bubblenests are all in personality, not in care or happyness. :)
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:39 PM   #8 
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Oh,(sigh of relief)
Good good great :)
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:10 AM   #9 
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Great information. Thanks
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