As I posted earlier, I was planning on introducing my first betta pair. All of the supplies are ready, female was barred up like crazy, male blew a huge nest, and all seemed to go well. I first introduced them in the tank with a divider, and they flirted, flared, and shimmied like crazy. Then I removed the divider and...nothing!
Initially, I was encouraged because my VT male was following her around while doing a cute little shimmy wiggle, and the female was being passive with nose down, but then they just completely lost interest in one another! By this morning, they were both hanging out together at the opposite end of the tank. The bars were gone from the female. Someone even tore the nest down! It is like they decided "we are better off as friends". I went ahead and put her back in her own tank, and now I am just scratching my head.
I bought the female from a breeder, but the male from a LPS. I have more expensive males that I plan to breed later, but this was to be my "starter batch". What did I do wrong? Is the male just poor quality? Lazy? Is he a "Kanye West"? (OK, just kidding on the last part.) Both are extremely healthy, but I am not sure as to the exact age of the male. Perhaps he is over a year?