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Old 07-07-2012, 04:44 PM   #11 
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Nipped fins is perfectly normal. They heal. I wouldn't worry too much. Just keep an eye on them (try not to disturb them though). I got lucky and my pair both came out of spawning completely uninjured.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:12 PM   #12 
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Alright, thank you :) He is starting to look fairly shredded, but the overall feeling of the tank is not violent...

He won't make a bubblenest though. Does that take a couple days sometimes?
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:18 PM   #13 
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Some males don't build a nest. Some don't until eggs are present. Others build the nest right away.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:20 PM   #14 
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Firstly good luck with your spawn!
Second: Most spawn partners (male and female) will both nip and get nipped, this is just natural, some (cough cough gandalf) are as violent as they could be and almost kill the female (mentioning no names) some are very gentle and suffer more damage from the female than she does!A picture if possible would help us to help you decide if the male has had enough, if he is still energetic and chasing then leave him, but if he seems particularly lethargic then I would take him out and try a different pair :) some males don't build a bubblenest until the female has been released or until they have the eggs in their mouth, yours may be one of them! Good Luck :)
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:44 PM   #15 
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New update: No luck with the HM :( He was getting really shredded by Missy, so I took her out.

In the meantime, my veiltail made a HUGE bubble nest! I introduced Missy overnight and they seem to be getting along much better.

I'm crossing my fingers!
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:46 PM   #16 
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I think so yes! It's my first time though so I'm worried about every little thing.
Don't worry them to death!!! Just let them do what they are suppose to do. Nature will have it's way!! They may be a little battered in the end, but the results are what are worth it!!

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Old 07-08-2012, 10:02 PM   #17 
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The female was laying on her side and not moving a terrible amount, so I took her out :( She's been out about an hour and she's moving a bit more now, but still floating on her side whenever she's not swimming.

Is this normal? Or should she perhaps be medicated a while before I try again?
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:30 AM   #18 
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No that's not normal. Medicate her before trying again. Try again when she is swimming normally, active, etc.... her fins doesn't have to be 100% grown. As long as ALL wounds have totally cured, you can breed her.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:51 AM   #19 
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Okay good, thank you. I must have found her in good time because she's acting normal today. I'm keeping a close eye on her, she seems to want to get to the male still (divided tank) but she will just wave to wait.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:20 PM   #20 
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Here is my spawn #2, and it worked pretty well. The female is in the gallon jug and they can see each other. I left her in there for about 2 days, and then put her in with the male.



You can see a couple of blood worms next to the male, he was so busy trying to get at the female that he would not eat them...

and he loves blood worms!!

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