I am going to begin from the time that I got my female betta, her story line.
1. I go into the pet store, and ask if they have any female betas. The pet store owner told me that he did and he took me to look at them.
>>>>>>I am going back in time from here<<<<<<<<
a. Around a month over a year ago (13 months ago) I went into the same pet store to buy bettas. I looked at the females he had at the time (he had around 16 of them) They were mostly small around 1 inch or less long.
>>>>>>>Coming back to recent times<<<<<<<<
2. So I came into the pet store, picked out the male I wanted, and looked at what females he had. He only had 2 females and they were both around 1 ½ of inch long (excluding tail) they weren’t in the same tank that I had seen bettas in over a year ago.
3. I bought the two bettas.
4. I brought them home.
5. I put the male in his tank.
6. I put the female in my large aquarium with the gourami, tetras, and cories.
a. >>>the male is doing fine>>>>>
b. >>>The female is hiding>>>>>
7. I take the female out of the big aquarium and give her, her own tank.
1. I put the breeding tank together.
2. I introduced the male and the female.
3. The female instantly got those horizontal lines.
4. I left them together for a night.
1. The female isn’t looking to good, she still has those horizontal lines.
2. I put her in her aquarium, but she still isn’t recovering.
3. I put her in my large aquarium and the gourami starts chasing her around, but she regains her color.
4. I put her back in her normal tank.
5. Every time I show the female the male she turns really pale and gets those horizontal strupes.
1. They stay apart all day (they never see each other)
1. I brought the fish (male, female) down into our basement (because I don’t have a heater and it is over 75 degrees down there) and she still has her normal color, although she has 7-8 black stripes running length ways down her body (not the thick stress stripes she had before)
2. I show the female the male several times and she doesn’t get the thick horizontal stripes nearly as quickly.
Next Day (today)
1. I move the fish to a slightly less out of the way, but slightly cooler location.
2. I show the female the male (same thing happens today as yesterday).
3. I let the male and female see each other at a distance, the male goes crazy (he literally looks like he is demented he was moving around so fast.
4. The female gets those thick stress stripes although she isn’t as pale.
5. I read the isolation thread in this forum, so I slide a piece of black paper in between their tanks.
6. >>>Currently<<< The female has her normal color with those 7-8 slight stripes horizontally.
So what are your thoughts?