Originally Posted by LadyVictorian
No she has been trying to follow the male when she is near him for her daily 5 minute exposure to him and if he approaches her she swims head down. She's too light for breeding stripes unfortunatly.
The whole "swimming with head down" is not what you think. The females will usually only do this immediately before they embrace and when they are both underneath the nest. And when she does do this swim, all of her fins are clamped down and she will waddle around like a unhealthy dying fish (with her head down of course). But you won't normally see this when they're still both separated & usually not during the conditioning phase.
As for the vertical breeding stripes, I wouldn't worry about that either. My darker females never showed this either....even during a spawn. For now, I would just fatten her up by feeding her generously. Lastly, I would allow more than just 5-mins per day of exposure time. I would let them see each other for at least 30-mins per day.