Is This A Bubble Nest? If So Who Made It?

Discussion in 'Breeding Fish' started by JoeCamaro, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. JoeCamaro

    JoeCamaroWell Known MemberMember

    Hello ladies and gentlemen.
    Last night I was doing a PWC in my 46 gallon tank and I noticed a lot of bubbles along the front of my tank, but didn't pay much attention to them.

    This morning when I fed my fish, I noticed another cluster of bubbles between an uprooted plant that was floating.

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    Is somebody making a bubble nest? If so, who could it be?

    My stock is:
    3 Silver Hatchet Fish (will make 6)
    3 Marble Hatchet Fish (will rehome to allow room for 3 more Silver Hatchets)
    1 Guppy (male)
    12 Neon Tetra
    2 Otocinclus
    4 Peppered Corydoras (will get 2 more)
    1 Bolivian Ram
    2 Amano shrimp

    I am guessing that it was either the Silver or Marble Hatchet fish. I know they like floating plants and I have seen them swimming between uprooted plants, but I also know that breeding those fish in captivity is extremely difficult.

    Could it not be a bubble nest and just accumulated air?

    Thank you.
     
  2. appcontrol

    appcontrolWell Known MemberMember

    I did read that sometimes corys make bubble nests so my guess would be cory
     
  3. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    No air stone in the tank?
     
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    JoeCamaro

    JoeCamaroWell Known MemberMember

    I have one, but removed from the tank 3 weeks ago. My tank is planted with:
    Amazon Sword
    Anubias nana
    Water Onions
    Italian Vals
    Cardinal Plant
    Purple Temple
    Java Moss
    Blyxa Japonica
    Eleocharis Acicularis

    Should I put the air pump/air stone back?
     
  5. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    No, you don’t have to. I always recommend them, because they look good, and help the fish breathe.
     
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    JoeCamaro

    JoeCamaroWell Known MemberMember

    That's interesting. I woukd have never guessed.
     
  7. appcontrol

    appcontrolWell Known MemberMember

    I am not sure but i did read on few sites they do that, i don't know why really and it's not for breedeing, for sure.
     
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    JoeCamaro

    JoeCamaroWell Known MemberMember

    Mine have bred before. I got eggs a few times and 2 actually hatched, but died. I never saw bubbles before.
     
  9. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_bFishlore VIPMember

    Yes. You will soon have baby bubbles swimming in there :)

    Seriously though, corys are not bubble nest builders.
     
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    JoeCamaro

    JoeCamaroWell Known MemberMember

    What?! I do not know how to care for baby bubbles! Better start reading.

    Too funny.
     
  11. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    Without aeration/circulation, it is possible for small bubbles to accumulate. They hang around because the biofilm at the surface is not disturbed. Sources could actually be the plants, or decaying material in the substrate.
     
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    JoeCamaro

    JoeCamaroWell Known MemberMember

    The HOB filter provides circulation, right? Or coukd it be not enough?
     
  13. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    HOB circulation is usually enough, but if the floating plants provide an area sheltered from the surface current, they can still accumulate. Also, any splash from the filter could be helping to form the bubbles.