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Old 07-04-2013, 12:23 PM   #1 
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So after much thought I decided to try and breed my pair now. Both have been being conditioned for 2 weeks. Put the tank together put the male in, and the female in a cup. He made a nest the size of the styofoam cup it is under. Released the female and she is just ignoring him. Neither are showing any sign of aggression and have been together all night. I am thinking I will leave them together for a week and see if they do anything if not try again later. What do you all think?
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:10 PM   #2 
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Sometimes, it takes a few days for any spark to happen.
Sometimes, a spark might never happen.
Sometimes, a murder takes place when you're not looking!

An old trick I used to use on a lazy male is to place another rival male in a jar next to the spawning tank. This should agitate your breeding male's instincts into chasing the female around a bit, similar to in the wild. Kind of hits that "jealous" nerve ;)

What does your setup look like? Size tank? Water level? What foods did you feed them during conditioning? Is the tank in a high-traffic place? Is it covered with a towel? Do you have Indian Almond Leaves? Live plants?
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I have them in a 5 gallon plastic container. The temp is 82, with live plants. There is 2 gallons of water in the container right now. I conditioned with neo Betts pellets, frozen and live bloodworms, mosquito larvae, and brine shrimp. He is doing his part great. He built a huge nest, and tries to woo her by swimming to her looking all pretty and then swimming back to the nest. She is the one not doing anything.
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It may take a while for her to get the guts to swim up to the male. If she remains sulking in the corner without paying him any mind for more than the next day or two, remove her and either recondition her or try a different combination of fish.

Sometimes it's the pair that doesn't click.
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