I've been conditioning my pair (both virgins) for the past 2 weeks with frozen blood worms and occasionally live brine shrimps. Everyday I would let them view each other for 10-15 mins. The female isn't showing any fear or breeding stripes but can clearly see the eggs inside her. The male is in a 10g tank filled a third way up and has built a large nest.
So on Friday I put her in and for the first few minutes they seemed to be doing well with the female following him, which he responded by dancing but after a while the male would nip her and after that she would hide in one corner or behind the sponge filter. He's still dancing and trying to get her attention by chasing/nipping her but she doesn't seem interested. I left them in together for the night and still nothing so I decided to put a small clear plastic container (with holes) into the 10g and put the pair in so they can stay focused but he was too rough so I eventually took her out and back into her own tank.
Today I put her straight into the 10g with him but the same thing happened again with her following him for the first few minutes and now hiding in one corner after he chases her.
My question is... shall i just leave them together for a few days and see what happens or shall I recondition them again? She's already getting some torn fins but I'm worried he might attack her to death.
My last pair spawned within an hour of introducing them but unfortunately both had died since.
Here are the current pair: