Betta Fish Bubble Nest Question

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by KHEMISTRI, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. KHEMISTRINew MemberMember

    Hey guys,

    This is my second post on here, hopefully I might get more replies as my last regarding this topic. My Betta fish has obviously created a bubble next (he got quite busy while I was at work apparently). I have zero issues with this as I know they just make these regardless of females being present.

    I actually did about a 30% water change the day before and he seemed to swimming kind of odd (speeding between the plant corner and the top of the tank for air). Today he seems fine and swimming around as normal, created his little love bubbles and sleeping in his new java fern plant. He seems pretty happy and doing well. I've only had him for a week now. thumbnail_Resized_20190425_001121.jpg

    I wanted to place a new plant in the tank as I removed a few old ones that weren't doing so well.

    Should I wait to put a new plant in there? I don't want to disturb his hard work or does it not really matter? I just wanted more info on it. I'm not sure if they disappear over time or he just keeps it up for awhile. Just want some basic tips for it.

    Thanks for reading.
  2. NoroomforshoeValued MemberMember

    The plant and bubble nest are the least of you worries. You need to get him a heated filter aquarium!
    A beta needs at least a five gallon tank. This is not just for extra swimming room, Small tanks are extremely difficult to maintain, And filters, heaters... made for them are poor quality. small tanks are appealing to beginners, but best left to experts, Bigger is always better and easier! 5 gallons is still small, but can be maintained.
    Betas need a filter but hate current. You can use a chemical free sponge and ties it up in front of the water that flows back into the tank. Now you have low current and extra media for healthy bacteria.
    Betas need a heated tank at stable temperature between 78 and 82. Get a heater with 5 watts or so per gallon of water. Get an adjustable heater, not one with a set temperature! Start the heater on the lowest setting. Because you do not want to cause temperature shock to a beta which has lived in cool water his hole life. Turn the dial on the heater up the smallest possible amount, and check the temperature in the tank with a digital thermometer every 4-6 hours or ever day. And turn the dial a tiny amount again as needed, every several hours or every day, until the temp settles at a stable temp between 78 and 82. 80 would be ideal. Make sure the temp is stable 24-7.
    Never remove the fish from the tank just to clean it! Use a gravel vacuum to change 25% of the water once a week while sifting through the gravel. NEVER DO A 100% WATER CHANGE!. "unless there is some sort of contamination/emergency." Add new water that is the same temperature as the tank water. Add water conditioner to the new water. Prime is the best water conditioner, it has added benefits , It takes 2 drops from any eye dropper to treat one gallon of water. it is safe to round up if you are not sure. A liitle more is better then a little less.

    Feed the fish about 3-4 pellets a day. New life spectrum beta pellets are the best. Many "betta foods" are full of junk that betas can not even digest, stick to the good stuff omega one is pretty good for flakes, and new life spectra for pellets. feed thawed out frozen brine shrimp, blood worms, or daphnia, at least 2 times a week. Use a sharp knife to safely get the equivalent of 3-4 beta pellets from the frozen block. Then thaw it in a small cup of the tank water.

    Decorations are important, but also should not take up too much swimming room, Never block off the water surface either. Bettas need to easily get to the water surface to breath. Silk plants or live plants are good, but plastic can rip fins. Broad leafed plants are great and can be used by the beta to rest on. hollow decorations with a wide opening will be used by your beta.

    Beta fish are aggressive to other betas, and to any fish that they mistake for rival betas. But in a tank of 10 gallons or more , betas can live with carefully selected species of calm fish. Just be careful to observe your fish, they are individuals, and not every beta will tolerate other fish, and not every fish will tolerate a beta.
    The problem I had with betas in a community tank, was the beta not getting his fair share of food. I often spot fed him with an eye dropper, He Had more success in a tank with less active fish.
  3. bUtTerCUpValued MemberMember

    i would definitely get him a bigger tank (beautiful fish btw) and you don't need to worry about the bubble nest
  4. KHEMISTRINew MemberMember

    Thanks for the advice!

    Unfortunately I don't have the space for a 5 gal. tank at the moment. I have a 2.6 gallon and was advised that would be a decent starting point for it (I would have loved to get a larger tank but due to space restrictions currently I couldn't). I feed it exactly the diet you described and I don't have too many decorations (plants) in there and I feel he has a lot of room to swim around in it. I do have a water heater set at 79 degrees and I have a thermometer to keep an eye on it.

    Again, thank you and i'll definitely keep your tips in mind. :)
  5. BiibaValued MemberMember

    I wouldn’t worry about his bubble nests! They sometimes disintegrate on their own but I often unintentionally disturb my Betta’s nests during water changes .... I feel so bad but he gets busy building a new one lol :)