Okay so I have been conditioning my halfmoon plakat bettas that I just got from Thailand for a month. They are two lavender males. They are extremely healthy and active and have been building bubblenests like crazy. I have been feeding them a combination of pellets, brine shrimp and this dried betta food from Petland that is supposed to be high in protein. I was told it was good to rotate the food rather than just feed them the same thing every day. Oh I have been feeding them twice a day as well. I have a halfmoon female that I have had for about three months that is about half the size of my males. I have been conditioning her in the same way. I have her in a 1.5 gallon live planted aquarium at the moment and my males in a 2.5 gallon live planted aquarium and a 20 gallon live planted aquarium.
I put my female in with my male in the 20 gallon in a hurricane glass for 3 days and everything was going well. They were flaring at each other and the male built a nice big bubblenest and the female started doing her little dance so I let her out. Oh I should tell you that she was full of eggs... and her egg spot was sticking out like it is supposed to. Once she was out, her and the male started chasing each other and she got a little chomp out of her fin but nothing serious. She went to inspect the bubblenest and it look like it passed because she didn't destroy it and then everything just stopped.
My male and female just started ignoring each other. My female claimed one end of the tank and my male the other and when they met each other in passing they just kept on going. I had them together like that for 3 days and then decided to separate them and start reconditioning them again. Is this normal behaviour? I am new to breeding and have never had this happen before. They didn't fight anymore than that first little scrap but they were showing all the signs of getting ready to mate... Why did they stop?
I'm going to try putting her with my second male that I have in the 2.5 gallon once I shift everyone around of course so the 20 gallon is ready again. I just really want to know why my pair lost interest in each other. Does anyone know the answer?????