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Old 08-29-2011, 07:26 PM   #1 
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No Bubblenests?

so, i've had my male halfmoon (delta?) betta, little red, for about one month, and i've kept him in a 2.5 gallon tank with plastic plants, a cave, and flat-bottomed marbles. the temperature is a constant 78-80* F throughout the day and 76-78* F at night. i make two water changes each week: one 50% and one 95%.

he's active, he eats, he seems happy, but he doesn't make any bubblenests. i've heard people around here say that they have had males that were ill or stressed, and they still made bubblenests because they said that it's instinct. if it's instinct, why doesn't he make any?

i always thought that males made bubblenests if they were happy, so is he not happy? i just want him to be happy and healthy, and it'd be nice to see him make a bubblenest. (:
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:06 PM   #2 
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It's all up to the betta whether he bubblenests or not. IF he doesn't, it doesn't mean he's not happy, he just might not be in the "mood". I know mine will go for a month or more and not blow a single bubble. And then go for periods where he'll have a new one every couple of days. Bettas are weird, and stubborn, don't worry about it.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:18 PM   #3 
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It really is a personality thing. Some make bubble nests, others dont. My old fish Smaug never made a bubble nest in all the years I have had him until I moved him to his 5 gallon (split so he gets 2.5), filtered and with live plants. Now he goes through phases of giant bubble nests that cover the surface, and sometimes just really small ones.
Before he was moved he was kept in a 2 gallon bowl with an air stone that kept the surface moving too much. In his new tank there is literally no surface agitation despite having a very large filter. It is very well baffled.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:35 PM   #4 
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My little guy made one over the past 2 days or so, but has recently abandoned it.

Perhaps they just have periods of feeling a bit randy and wanting to make one as a result.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:48 PM   #5 
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Bubblenests, if I recall, are simply made when a male is in the 'mood' to breed, and for no other real reason; it doesn't really define 'happiness', its just instinct.
I've had bettas that nested like crazy, and I've had some that didn't ever make a single nest.
So I agree, its more of a personality/mood thing.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:27 AM   #6 
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ohh, haha i see. well, thanks, everyone! (:
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:30 AM   #7 
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one of my goldfish was sick so i put him in a hospital tank that i happen to put next to mystique's tank .. and the next day he made a super massive bubble nest .. i think he thought my goldfish was a girl betta =D lol .. but that's something you can try .. maybe put another fish next to his tank
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:48 AM   #8 
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Yes, that is a great suggestion. Get a few more bettas. One of them is bound to make a bubble nest. lol. (I am not an enabler!)
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Or just let the little guy be himself. He may not be a nester :)

Bachelor for life perhaps?
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:27 AM   #10 
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ahaha i wish i could get a few more bettas. (:

but i don't have the time, money, or space for more than one right now. (x
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