Foam Bubbles At The Water Surface?!?!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by yazcm, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. yazcmNew MemberMember

    IMG_2612.JPG I finally got my Betta and everything was going wel until I noticed some "foaming" looking bubbles at the surface. I did a water change right away but the next day they were back again! I'm not sure what it is and I'd like some opinions. Does this mean my Betta is sick?
  2. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Wow... I've never seen that in a tank, let alone a betta tank. Hope someone with a litttle more expertise can help you out. Just me, but I might move the betta, just in case.

  3. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    It is just making a bubblenest.
    Have a google on that

  4. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    That's like no bubblenest that I've ever seen. It looks like baking soda floating on the water.

  5. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    It's a bubble nest, this is a natural behaviour and actually strongly indicates a healthy & happy betta
  6. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    My god. I was looking at the substrate thinking it was the water. I feel SO stupid...
  7. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Could be cause there is no "buildingmaterial" on the surface maybe?
  8. Manoj AroraValued MemberMember

    That's surely a bubble nest and there is no reason to worry about. This shows that your betta is ready for eggs ie if you have a female as well..
  9. AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    Lucky you! Your fish is super happy. He's happy enough that he wants a girlfriend lol

    I've not gotten a bubble nest ever. Trying to remedy that at the moment by fixing up Finnley's tank.

    It took me a minute to figure what I was looking at also. The white sand is a little deceiving to tell depth with.
  10. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    My female betta makes bubble nests, but they aren't this impressive.
  11. EternalDancerWell Known MemberMember

    Definitely bubble nest.

    They're naturally "sticky" so the bubbles pile up like that, because (of breeding) the male will push all the eggs up there until they hatch.
  12. ghostlybosunWell Known MemberMember

    On another note, that plant you have that's leaves are both lime green and a darker green is not truly aquatic. It's a dracaena. It may live like that for a bit but will ultimately melt.
    The other plant you have is an Anubius and is a true aquatic but you want to make sure that it's rhizome (the stick like bit that the leaves grow out of) is not underneath your substrate or it will also melt.
  13. yazcmNew MemberMember

    Thanks! I just got a combo from petco so I thought they'd be fine. But thanks for that tip!

    Lol now I feel terrible because I sucked up his other one thinking it was bad and needed a water change Yes I see how the white sand can be confusing To depth. Thanks! Now I can be worry free!

    I feel terrible now that people are telling me it's his nest! I sucked up his first nest with the siphon thinking the tank needed a water change lol thanks for your help!
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  14. CraniumRexWell Known MemberMember

    Don't feel terrible! He'll make another one. It will keep him occupied!

    Actually, I had a bunch of bubbles like that the day after I added some moss balls and 2 days after I put in an Indian Almond leaf. Haven't seen any bubbles since last water change so I'm not 100% positive it was a nest (usually you can see them making it at some point).

    FYI, there is some debate as to whether a bubble nest is actually a sign that a betta is happy. I'm not sure one way or the other - I guess to err on the side of caution, don't presume that it is, or don't feel bad if you never see one.
  15. yazcmNew MemberMember

    I also just noticed this. I'm not sure if you can see it. I have them circled but it looks like wedbbing inside one of the rocks and between to plant roots.
  16. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    To me, that looks like stray roots
  17. yazcmNew MemberMember

    Not the stray roots, if you look closely it looks like white webbing inside the rock
  18. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    Does he have tank mates that could be decorating?

    I can't pull it in clearly on my phone but someone else can see better to help
  19. EternalDancerWell Known MemberMember

    Looks like the same thing that covered my driftwood when I first put it in my tank, but I can't see it too clearly. Is it like a kind of fuzzy, fluffy, smokey look?

    If it is, I believe it's just a little bacteria bloom/thing and completely harmless. I fished my wood out and wiped it off and haven't seen it since.

    In other news: that speckled grey tunnel... have you felt inside it? We have things like that over here that are really sharp inside, so I never got one after all cause I didn't want my bettas ripping their fins on them.
    Just something to watch for.
  20. yazcmNew MemberMember

    Yes it's smokey looking. The rock hiding place feels like smaller rocks all glued together. I haven't had any issues so far with fin ripping but I will look into replacing it :)

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