Having a betta fish for a pet is great as not only it requires little maintenance, but it’s also one of the most beautiful fish that you can safely own. One question that I get a lot has to do with betta fish bubble nests. If you own a betta fish, you may notice bubbles forming at the top of the water’s surface. If you are not acquainted with a betta fish, you might even get worried that maybe your pet is sick. Don’t worry! In this article, we are going to cover a few important things that you need to know about betta fish bubble nests.
What Are Betta Fish Bubble Nests?
Again, I want to stress that this is nothing you have to worry about. Your betta fish is perfectly fine. As the name suggests, these bubbles are created by your betta fish and form a sort of nest. If you do see these bubble nests, you can be happy because bettas will only make them if they are healthy and happy. SO why do they make them? The reason why betta fish make these bubbles is for the breeding process. In the wild, habitats can be shallow, dirty and/or with low oxygen levels. These factors hinder the development of the eggs. To get around this problem, betta create bubbles. The bubbles are often clustered on the surface and often attached to leaves of floating debris.
Facts About Betta Fish Bubble Nests
- The betta fish will often guard the nest that they create. The fish usually waits for a female to spawn with. After the female releases eggs, it’s the male’s job to capture the eggs via the mouth and place it on the bubble nest.
- By depositing the eggs to the bubble nest, the eggs are in a moist and oxygen-rich environment. These factors are great for the development of the eggs.
- Keep in mind that a male betta fish will create these bubble nests even if there are no females around. You can say that it’s an instinctive response.
- Also, there’s no such thing as a “normal” time frame nor a “normal” bubble size. Each betta fish has its own behavioral pattern.
- Betta fish will create these bubble nest one bubble at a time. They create the bubbles using their mouth. The bubbles they create are mixed with saliva, and that’s the reason why these bubbles don’t simply pop like the bubbles you see in the water (unsoaped water).
What Can/Should You Do When You See Betta Fish Bubble Nests?
Betta fish only create bubble nests if they feel that their environment is suitable for breeding. Which means that if you see these bubbles, you really don’t have to do anything as these are signs that your fish is happy with its environment. However, if you really want to be proactive, then here a couple of things you can do:
- Keep the water at 72 – 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Give the fish ample swimming room.
- Make sure the PH of the water is ideal.
- Make sure all other levels are acceptable.
The next time you see your betta fish creating bubbles, give yourself a good pat on the back. It’s a sign that you are doing a good job at keeping your pet healthy and happy. Anyways, we hope you found this article useful. If you are interested in learning more about betta fish, I suggest you read our article “Top 5 Things That Affect Bettas Lifespan“. Also, if you happen to be looking for good fish tank for your betta fish, check out our review on the Fluval View or the Fluval Edge 6 Gallon tank.