The Unique Bubble Nest of the Betta Fish #WordlessWednesday

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan

The Unique Bubble Nest of the Betta Fish / siamese fighting fish

I woke up the first morning after acquiring this lovely red betta fish / siamese fighting fish to find this unique 'bubble thingy' being made by him. Considering the fact that I did not feed him soda or beans, it stumped me as to why he was being so gassy.

So I did some reading on it.

The Unique Bubble Nest of the Betta Fish / siamese fighting fish

Turns out, the bubble nest is a natural process of the male betta fish. 

When he's in a 'daddy mood', he starts making these small clusters of bubbles as a nest. After spawning with his babe, he quickly catches the eggs she releases in his mouth and deposits them in the bubble nest!

This behaviour dates back to their roots, apparently. The original habitats of the betta fish used to be shallow oxygen deprived ponds and thus, daddy-o had to supplement oxygen and moisture to the eggs this way.

The birthing ritual of the betta fish / siamese fighting fish is truly unique
You can identify that the mating ritual is about to begin when there's a lot of hugging going on and if the male betta fish dims the lights and starts to play 'Pudhu Vellai Mazhai' from the Roja soundtrack on his iPhone. Also, can you see the golden algae eater fish spying on them from behind the filter... perv!

The Unique Bubble Nest of the Betta Fish / siamese fighting fish

A Responsible Dad  

Unlike many a human, the male betta is a very responsible dad. He guards the eggs and bubble nest against all threats (it helps when your nickname in the fishing community is 'Siamese Fighting Fish' ) and even after the kids arrive, he looks out for them till they are ready.

betta fish / siamese fighting fish

The female betta fish actually has a minimal role in looking after the eggs or newborn... they are often spotted sitting on the couch reading magazines and ordering shrimp burgers from Zomato, I hear from reliable sources. 

Damn you, non-traditional lady!

Authors note 

I am linking this post with Esha and Natasha for #WordlessWednesday. You can find more picture based posts there and add your own too. 

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Earlier posts I have written for Wordless Wednesday include:
09. What Really Darkens a Room? (Racism)
10. Doggy Desktop (Pets)
12. 2 milliliters (Medicine)
16. The Unique Bubble Nest of the Betta Fish (Pets)

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Let me know what you think.

  1. Wow.. this is interesting! I love looking at fish tanks but not sure of having one of my own.

    1. I was not sure myself... Very much playing a secondary role in it's care

  2. This is so very interesting! The photos are amazing!

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  3. I truly enjoyed your commentary on the ongoing parental acts of your fish!! Great read :)

    Feel free to share at My Corner of the World

  4. Those photos are so amazing!

  5. it's such a gorgeous fish. Loved reading about the bubbles. Fascinating work of nature. Plus loved your dose of humour.

    1. The male definitely looks really regal. But has started showing some serious aggression in the last 24 hours.

  6. Fantastic display of fish behaviour and even better was the generous dollop of humour with which you enlightened us about the Red and Blue Betta fish! Who'd have ever thought so much action was going on in the fish tank?
    Thank you for sharing this fabulous post, Doc and joining our #ww blog hop. Looking forward to you joining us this week as well.

  7. Roshan I lOVE THIS POST!!

    Sorry I came in late to comment.
    I have two better fish as well. Akito and Arohi, both males in separate massive fish bowls and they belong to each daughter.
    I never knew the bubbles were for "daddy instinct" purpose.
    Your tank is beautiful. Lovely to see you have a female. Here we usually find only males.

    This is one of the nicest post I've seen today.
    Thank you.

    Do join in as our new linky is live too:

  8. Wow! What a fantastic post Dr. The fishes are so colorful.

    I love such trivia. So now, I not only got introduced to the Betta fishes, I also got to know something interesting about them!

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