After removing the female for a few hours I thought I'd let them see each other once more before bedtime. Both fish seem really excited and showing interest. Immediately the male tried to lead her to his cup and started blowing bubbles. Seems like he was trying to tell her "It's over here! come and see!". Then he quickly started on the nest like he wasn't sure how long it would be before she "decided to leave" again.
I like the reactions I'm getting from both fish and I like the look of the water. The Almond leaf extract has turned the water a light tea color.
I read somewhere (most likely here) that someone seemed to do well breeding when it rained. Don't know if this is coincidence or not but barometric pressure does seem to effect lake fish. Anyway here in my neck of the woods we are getting our first humid weather of the year. it has been a wet start to the month with thunderstorms randomly coming through. Not sure if it will help or not but I'll take anything I can get.
As I finish typing it's more of the same a quick trip to the female, a flare, and a race back to the cup to blow bubbles.