So, I know that the bubble nests vary in size, but how many 'layers' should there be? Right now I have my pair in the breeding tank and the female is jarred while the male is working on his nest. He's been at it for about 5 hours and it's still just a single layer of bubbles, which doesn't seem like enough to me. I'm trying to decide if I should release the female within the next hour and let him finish with her free swimming or leave her jarred until the nest looks a little more substantial. Advice??
I thought about taping the leaf, but the bubble nest is under/next to it and I don't want to risk disturbing the nest. It's kinda tricky! I have a styrofoam cup in there too, but he decided to go with the almond leaf this time which of course is in the back corner of the tank:P
is it normal for the bubble nests to get destroyed a couple times during the breeding process? The Indian Almond leaf sank and messed up the bubble nest :/ It's been 2 days now, and both nests that Neptune has made have been all or partially destroyed. I feel so bad for him, he's spent hours working on them.
thanks for all of the input! I think I'll give them through the end of tomorrow, maybe a little longer depending on their behavior. So far they are both acting exactly how they should be. The female, Rain, even holds her ground and gets very close to the male (Neptune) at times. She checks out the bubble nest every now and then. I'm hoping for a successful spawning soon, but I'm prepared to recondition and set up the second pair if things don't work out this time.
Hopefully she submits soon and stops destroying his nest! Don't they see how hard those guys work on it?? Lol!
How long did you condition them before you put them in the spawning tank? My pair didn't spawn the first try, and I think it's because I didn't condition the female properly, and I jarred her for a day before releasing her. After reconditioning for two weeks, I just added them in at the same time, and had eggs 24 hours later.