He needs to switch it around.. the male free swims while the female is in a chimney.. right now the male feels trapped, scared, etc. It's the male that needs to free swim and claim territory as females don't have territories of their own.
How did he condition them?
What foods did he condition them with.
How did he go about allowing them to see one another while conditioning and for how long was the viewing?
How long did he condition them?
Conditioning they will need their own small tanks, placed side by side with a piece of paper or cardboard to block their view of one another - only allow them to see each other for about 5-10 minutes a day - don't allow them to see other fish during that time. Will take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to properly condition them - make sure the female is bursting with eggs before introduction in the breeding tank.
Tank is heated to what temperature?
Not all males will build a nest prior to breeding.
Since they have been together for that long of a time, they are pretty much uninterested as they are used to seeing each other, etc all the time. Best bet now is to remove them both, place them both in their own tank, don't let them see any fish for at least 3-5 days, possibly a week. No viewing each other at all, nor other bettas. After that time then condition them as mentioned above.. so no seeing another fish (I'd give it 5-7 days minimum), then start conditioning them..
Last edited by Myates; 04-10-2013 at 02:39 PM.