I am trying to breed for the 1st time. Its been a long time dream and I have done a lot of studying. I thought I had everything right-10g tank,80 degree temp, plants for hiding(fake though), half a cup floating, conditioned pair, introduced them right, fry foods ready-
But obviously I did something wrong.. my female was showing all the signs of being ready and she and the male were doing the wiggle dance 24 hours after being introduced but he had not yet built a nest. I read that sometimes they could be ready but not make a nest until spawning so I went by my gut and released her with him. he kept leading her under the cup but when she would be there and be limp he would swim away. I also read that sometimes it takes 1st timers a while so I watched them all day and it went the same. The next day the male started acting really weird. He went from being a big show off to not even moving. So I was worried and took him out and he died
I am completely heart broken and worried that I did something to kill my poor fish :(
He wasn't torn up or anything when I took him out and I have never heard of anything like this before. Has this happened before? And then my female seemed very depressed(clamped fins,sulking) and she has never done that before so I introduced her to my back up male. Was that o.k for me to do?