Betta fish are a very popular aquarium fish due to their appearance and wide array of colors. Aquarium fishes are popular to watch while you are relaxing but if you want to learn some fascinating facts about your betta fish then one of the best places to start is at a betta fish bubble nest…
What?!… I know there are so many fascinating things to learn about what goes on in the underworld of aquariums so keep reading to find out…
Betta bubble nests are exactly what they sound like! They are nests made out of bubbles to hold betta fish eggs and the nests are made by the male betta fish. The betta fish eggs are heavier than water, so the bubble nest holds the betta fish eggs afloat to keep the eggs from sinking and spreading apart.
Making a bubble nest is one of the main responsibilities of the male betta fish. When a male betta fish is making a bubble nest it a is a good sign that he is healthy and looking forward to raising his family. Male betta fish can be seen making bubbles as early as two months old.
When you are shopping around for betta fish, if they are in containers, then a sign of good health is the appearance of a bubble nest.
Usually, when raising betta fish, a good sign that their water needs to be changed is if there are no bubble nests.
I mean, who would want to live in a dirty house? So, if you don’t keep your aquarium water clean, your male betta fish is more than likely going to ditch his desire to raise a family at the expense of having to raise a family in a dirty aquarium.
So, if you are trying to breed betta fish you better keep that aquarium clean! (Actually, you should keep it clean regardless).
Are All Betta Fish Bubble Nests the Same?
Although all healthy male bettas make bubble nests because it is part of their nature, the males and the nests themselves can be quite different.
Usually, as soon as a female betta fish is placed in sight of a male betta fish, the male will start blowing bubbles for a nest, however each male can still be different in the way they go about their business.
Some male betta fish will build a nest even when they are alone, in anticipation of a female showing up at some point.
Some will wait but start blowing bubbles as soon as they see a female.
Other (you might say more wise) male bettas will wait until a female shows up and actually says hi to them before they start blowing bubbles for a nest, rather than risk rejection or wasting their efforts.
What Does a Bubble Nest Look Like?
Some bubble nests are woven tight together rise a little bit above the waters surface because they will sink a little bit when they have eggs. The opposite would be a loose scattered nest.
The largest nest will actually cover the entire surface of your aquarium and the smallest nest is small enough to be tucked into the corner of your aquarium.
Some males who have absolutely no carpentry skills will just make a wad of bubbles to hold eggs and say love it or leave it.
Some nests will have bubbles so thin that the nest will look like foam while other nests will actually have a bubbly appearance.