I have a question, I have a normal pair of betta fish, trying my hand at breeding before I move to better things. Let me explain my problem and what I have done up to now.
Problem: Male betta trys to bring female under nest, when she does come, he lets her look for a few seconds than nips at her and chases her away. So she runs to the far corner of the tank and hides behind the sponge filter tube at the top of the water.
This morning I turned on the tank light and she seemed to get active and try to go under the nest a few times, she was allowed and then chased away and nipped at.
I figured this was normal part of the courtship and left em for a couple hours and came back, now she isnt moving at all from the corner of the tank, and the male isnt going to her either he is sitting under the nest blowing bubbles, I do not think they spawned since no eggs r falling and she is still bloated and has the white spot between the anal fins.
Now I conditioned the fish for 2-3 weeks, the male fresh water everyday and fed bloodworms/flakes. The female was in my 20gal; community guppy tank (5 guppys, 1 pleco, 2 gourami) and fed bloodworms and flakes, with water changed very often.
Next I put the female in a glass jar next to the males with a peice of paper between them, I would feed them once in the morning, after they ate removed the paper, let them see and flare at each other for 10-15 min. did this 2 times a day. for a couple of days this went on. she showed verticle stripes within the first day.
as for introducing the pair, monday night, I put them both in the tank at the same time, the female in a jar. This was at night, the male flared until I went to bed, woke up and he had a bubble nest build in the corner near a styro cup. so on tues morning I released her with him, there was chasing and hiding and whatnot, no spawning, he would chase her away and all around the tank, and go back to work on his nest. No spawning took place on tuesday. I left them overnight and now I have my problem with the female staying in the corner and the male not going for her.
I have a 10gal, 5-6 inch of water, sponge filter in corner NO WATER CURRENT right now as the filter is off. A small cave with some live plants by it for hiding in the middle of the tank. The cup is on the opposite end of the tank near the nest of the filter. My water temp is set to 82f and staying steady.
I have seen online the mating process can take up to few days even longer, So i am wondering if what is happening normal or not. I can upload pictures of the tank and the pair if requested.
Thanks so much for any help, if you need any more info I will be happy to add it! THANKS!!!!