I put her in the chimney for anywhere from 8-24hrs depending upon how ready she is. This one was in the chimney for about 15hrs or so.
I know one breeder (who I got this method from, but she uses just bowls) just places them in together without a waiting period - but I want to make sure the male is ready as well.. give him time to work on a nest and to go from territorial in a new space to wanting to attract her. So at least some time separated has worked best for me.
This spawn only took a few hours at the most before starting to spawn - female has spawned before a couple of times, the male was new at it. Another spawn I had going at the same time took a week to get it together, both being virgins. But I made the mistake of bothering them with food/clean up for the first few days which could of played a part in why it took that long.
With this spawn I covered the front of the tank with dish towels/wash rags (taped with masking tape) to avoid them seeing me (not seen in picture).. leaving an inch at the top to peek in.
Once the two females I have conditioning now are ready I will be doing it this way again - one with the semi transparent blue tub and one with a clear tub to see if it makes a difference whether they can see out of the tub or not.
Make sure to poke some holes in the sides so the water will be the same to make transferring very easy - I used the pointy edge of bottle/can opener (seen below) to start the hole, then finished the hole with a metal meat thermometer that was thin and sharp.. but can probably use a phillips screw driver or a small power drill for the holes. But these are what I had laying around the house and what worked for me. The water level will be low, as at some point the plastic starts to float.. going to see if making more holes makes a difference as well. This was my first time using this method, which has worked a lot better than the method of using a 10g with hiding places. So I'm still tweaking it a bit.
Last edited by Myates; 03-21-2013 at 08:57 AM.