I decided to play god a little bit todya and put one of the younger females from my sorority into the tank with the male who has been building a bubble nest (I had only read bits and pieces about the mating ritual).
He chased her into camoflauge, and she turned into stone as close as she could to immovable objects.
The horizontal stripe on her side vanished, and vertical stripes appeared in a matter of minutes. She would come out to breathe for air about once every half hour, but she was a stone at the bottom of the substrate.
I decided to pick her up out of the aquarium (she wouldn't let me net het, but she let me take her out with my hands) and put her back in her sorority tank, and noticed that her ovipositor was absolutely SWOLLEN.
Should I have left her in with the male? Is there anything I shoudl do for her? She is still acting like that stone, and only coming up for air, and then hiding immediately after again. And her ovipositor remains swollen.
I would like yoru immediate advice! Thank you!