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Old 07-04-2013, 12:12 AM   #1 
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Isolated condition or let them see?

I am feeding my fish everything they will eat and lots of it making sure they are well fed but not over feeding. I am doing extra water changes for both. My male and female cant see each other. My female is getting very round. Both are active and healthy. I am going to introduce them on Monday.

So should they see each other before the big day. Or should I just put them together and keep a close eye. I was reading about the different ways to breed them. Looks like in Thailand they just add the male and female together in a bowl and let the magic happen. Then here people like to keep the female in a cup till both look ready but I feel this would just add frustration to both and extra stress.

So I just want to add them together no cup in a 10 gal with floating plants and some moss for the fry to eat off of.

What do you find works best. If you have used different methods.
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Since this is your first experience, and the fish's first time.. I would keep them separate in the tank - place her in a cup or chimney until he started a nest, etc, then release her.. once you know whether or not they are a little gentle or rough, I wouldn't risk just tossing them in. Once you get more experience as well you will be able to judge better and know what to look for :) I only toss in pairs without separation with certain ones.. I've had some real nasty males/females that would nearly kill (and in some cases have killed) their mate regardless how ready they were..

I get better response from the pairs when they are kept in isolation for a week or so prior to breeding.. but that is because when they aren't being prepped for breeding they can see other males/females 24/7 and I just use the isolation to "reset" them and make them eager to be with another.

I am similar to the "Thai" way in my breeding, as since my pairs I use now are pretty good, I don't keep them separated, and I breed in containers about the size of a regular shoe box.. I don't give them much room..
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I think I will use a 5gal bucket to spawn them in. Seems like a round container is better then square. I will transfer the fry to a grow out tank once they get bigger.
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