Tank cleaning day! What fun and joy as you keep your roomates happy with fresh water and clean furniture.
Well today I went to clean our first boy Pickle's tank. And lo and behold there was the biggest bubblenest I have seen him do. Under on his leaf hammock, he was resting and as I approached with the bucket, siphon and net...I swear he gave the the "Touch this you die!" glare.
In some ways I think bettas are like cats in that at times there is no reasoning with them. Unlike Dazzler who seems to enjoy water changes and literally jumps into the net, Pickle will do evasive manuvers that would make an Apache helicopter pilot green with envy. Needless to say, Pickle was not coming out of his tank.
So, I was extremely careful in my siphoning and the bubble nest...mostly...clung to the wall as the water receeded. I drained as much water as I could, cleaned what I could with a fish skittering about in the few inches of water left. Then I carefully replaced the water by pouring it in the opposite side against that wall and as the levels came up..the nest....mostly...rose back to the top in the same spot. He is now underneath his nest tending to it and making repairs.
I hope he is happy because I think if I had ticked him off I wouldn't have woken up the next morning.