So conditioned 2 pairs of big eared..
One pair just wasn't working.. the male for some reason just wasn't interested in the female. So separated them after a day and a half of being together.
The second pair wasn't working either.. the male (Kabuki) was being overly aggressive.. the female was terrified and was huddled in the corner and torn to shreds, body and fins. So separated them after two days of being together.
Since the first female wasn't bad off, just a few scrapes here and there, but was active and full of eggs.. I placed her with the second male.. as he had a big nest going (something the first male didn't have) and seemed interested in breeding, but the female wasn't able to "handle" him.
I kept them separated for about an hour or so.. then I released her at 3:30pm.. it looked real good.. lots of submissive signs, breeding stripes, flirting, etc.. but at 5pm I noticed that she would go under the nest and release the eggs.
Yup.. she would go under the nest, release the eggs and the male sat there and watched her. Then they would both gobble down the eggs. Ugh.
So I left them in there for a little over an hour, figured to give them time as they are both virgins and maybe they needed a bit of time to "figure it out".
But after a little over an hour and witnessing her release the eggs under the nest and they promptly eat them up about 6 times I just went ahead and pulled her.
Now I have one male who doesn't know where his playmate is.
Another male who is bloated with eggs and working on a nest while looking for the female.
A female who is pretty torn up and scared.
Another female whose belly is bloated with eaten eggs looking at me wondering why she had to leave her snacking buddy.
Silly girl.. and silly boy.. unsure who was at fault here, as both are virgins. I just hope that they figure it out at some point lol..
Going to store the first big eared boy until he matures some more (the second male was just like the first male a few months back- too passive, unsure what to do), and let the second girl heal from being with the bully male.. let them both mature for a few months then try again.
So tomorrow will start reconditioning the egg eating pair, give them another try in a week or so.. once she becomes eggy once more.
Also going to start conditioning my AOC cambo pair - start them up to get a couple generations going and show them next spring. The female of this spawn is the mother of my 550+ fry spawn, the father is a virgin.. hopefully he will know what to do unlike Kabuki..
Supposed to wrap her Kabuki.. she isn't a gumball machine!