Well dad ate all the eggs the turd. So I put the female into a breeders' box in one of my cycled, planted tanks while the male had free roam. Female was going nuts trying to get out to him and I think she
actually blew a bubblenest right up against the box wall.
I let her out just to see what they'd do and the male chased her around for about two minutes before she gathered herself and chased him around too. Then she went under the nest outside
the breeders' box while he was going nuts trying to woo her into
the breeders' box.
They are now wrapping inside the breeders' box (it is plastic and has sides you can lift up or down).
This is just an experiment to see if I can get some viable fry this time around. Figure the tank is cycled and established (over a year) so no ammonia spikes, and if my wild fry can manage to thrive and not die because I have substrate and some current then so should my splendens be able to.
I swear these two fish recognise each other because every time I put them near each other the female just goes insane. Yet I had her in with another male and she was not nearly as attentive.
I also found I had more wild juveniles in one of my tanks (five instead of two). I almost killed everyone in there though as the heater was turned down so it didn't come on and the water temperature was only around 16-17 degrees celsius. Luckily they can cope with cooler temperatures than splendens can.