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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:24 pm Post subject: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest? Reply with quote

 Darwin  is  my  male  juvenile  betta  bred  and  raised  at  home  in  my  first  attempt  at  Betta  breeding  in  Jan  this  year.  One  of  my  favorite  fish  currently  Smile  ,  Darwin  was  the  only  one  among  several  betta  fry  to  survive  the  harsh  mumbai  winter  early  this  year.  Hence  the  name  actually  Smile
 He  is  decently  big  now,  not  full  size  yet  but  with  nice  colors.  However  he  hasnt  been  able  to  make  a  bubble  nest  yet.  I  see  tiny  dispersed  bubbles  on  the  surface  of  the  water  everyday,  but  not  a  dense  set  of  bubbles  that  usually  form  a  nest.
 I  was  wondering  if  it's  still  too  early  for  him  to  do.
 Can  i  do  something  to  stimulate  this?  I  was  thinking  about  adding  a  almond  leaf  on  the  surface?
 I  was  also  wondering  if  this  could  have  anything  to  do  with  the  fact  that  he  is  alone  in  his  tank.  He  has  had  no  interaction  with  any  other  fish  whatsoever  so  far.
 Betta  experts  please  advice.  Thanks  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:28 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 blackghost,
 here  is  a  link  you  will  find  interesting...
 http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/bubblenest.htm
 I  have  tried  doing  this  'nest  trasnplant'  thing  once,it  did  work  for  me...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:33 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 He  will  usually  blow  a  bubble  nest  when  he  is  happy.
 If  you  know  the  conditions  are  good  then  try  getting  him  to  flare  at  a  mirror  for  a  little  time  everyday.  
 A  floating  leaf  or  plant  should  help.  Cold  weather  does  not  make  bettas  happy.
 That  said,  some  males  will  just  not  blow  a  bubble  nest  and  can  sometimes  even  breed  without  one.
 
 If  he  is  happy,  just  let  him  be…
 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:35 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 hehe  thats  an  interesting  link  alpha  Smile  Thanks
 But  any  idea  how  many  months  it  usually  takes?  Also  he  is  the  only  betta  i  have  currently  Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:39 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 Thanks  Venkat.
 He  definitely  seems  fine.  He  eats  well.  He  knows  feeding  times  very  well.  I  feed  him  Aquadine  Basic  Betta  microgranules  twice  a  day.
 I  have  a  small  plant  in  his  tank  but  it  isnt  growing  very  well.
 I  havent  tried  the  mirror  experiment  though.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:44 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

                                                   
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He  knows  feeding  times  very  well                

 
 Good  for  you!
 My  bettas  think  its  feeding  time  anytime  they  see  me  walking  past  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:00 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 Chuckle
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:31 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 Black  ghost...  Try  to  make  your  betta  happy  it  will  make  bubble  nest..  usally  my  betta  form  bubble  nest  every  day  Chuckle..  i  am  keeping  that  betta  in  planted  bowl...  but  my  other  bettas  are  not  making  bubble  nest..  i  am  try  it  many  of  my  bettas..      Rock On
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:47 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 Each  male  betta  has  his  own  character,  some  build  nests  in  the  hope  that  a  female  betta  will  jump  into  their  space  someday.  The  smart  ones  do  no  build  a  nest  until  they  see  an  use  for  it   Chuckle  
 
 I  had  a  betta  that  started  a  bubblenest  in  4  months  of  hatching  while  the  other  males  from  the  brood  were  not  doing  it.
 
 What  is  the  size  of  your  betta?
 
 Usually  the  mumbai  monsoon  should  bringout  a  bubblenest.  I  have  observed  some  really  big  bubblenest  just  before  onset  of  rain  spells(not  in  Mumbai)  guess  instinct  tels  tem  there  is  a  good  chance  that  a  female  may  be  washed  into  their  territory.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:46 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 Yes  I  have  been  actually  wanting  to  get  a  female  betta  and  see  if  he  starts  building  his  nest  then.  But  its  pretty  hard  to  get  female  bettas  in  the  lfs  Sad
 My  betta  would  be  approx  be  2  inches.
 I  came  back  home  today  and  noticed  for  the  first  time  a  very  small  cluster  of  bubbles  in  one  corner  of  the  tank.  Maybe  he  knew  i  was  complaining  about  him  to  you  guys   Chuckle  
 submerge,  the  monsoons  havent  been  too  great  at  mumbai  this  year  though  its  been  raining  heavily  today  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:25 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 Once  your  boy  is  sexually  mature  he  will  build  nests  good  enough,  no  worrries!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:12 am Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 he  became  so  lazy,  to  live  without  a  pair.
 
 Bring  the  aggression  in  him...  Darwin  needs  a  competitor  and  let  him  flare  at  it  once  a  day  for  2-3  mins  everyday.   
 
 After  a  week  give  him  his  showpiece,  you  will  see  the  difference.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:28 pm Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 Just  a  happy  update.
 I  got  him  a  female  this  weekend.  He  was  quite  startled  when  i  first  introduced  her  (in  a  bottle  in  his  tank),  Infact  the  female  started  
 flaring  at  him  Smile
 In  a  few  hours  he  had  a  nice  bubble  nest  ready.  Today  evening  when  i  got  abck  from  work,  i  saw  the  biggest,  densest  bubble  nest  i  have  ever  seen!   Chuckle  
 Hoping  to  get  some  lovely  betta  fry  soon!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:22 am Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 Congrats  Blackghost  !!!
 That  was  really  good  news.  I  too  have  a  male  betta  ....  he  is  making  bubble  nest  for  the  last  4  months.  But  could  not  find  any  female  betta  in  Pune.
 Plz  let  me  know  if  I  can  get  him  a  company  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:05 am Post subject: Re: When do male bettas start constructing their bubble nest Reply with quote

 Thanks  Suman.
 Yes  its  quite  difficult  to  get  a  female  betta.  I  was  waiting  a  long  while  to  get  this  one  also.  I  finally  got  her  from  a  store  at  Kurla.  
 Maybe  the  pune  guys  can  help  you  better?
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