I separated them, because he was chasing her for more than 15min, and they got some pretty good bites in. He has a few tares in his caudal fin, and she had a few bite marks. I do not want to risk loosing one of them, so they are in different tanks getting a dose of TLC at the moment. maybe I could retry in a week or two? I do not want to rush things. I hope I did the right thing >.<
Yes, you did. If the nipping and chasing gets too violent where someone is really getting hurt then its a good idea to separate them. Maybe let him work more on his nest and try again in a day or two. Let's see what Lethbridge and MrV say.
Yeah, I figured that was the thing to do. He isn't working on his nest now, he is swimming in the Java moss jungle in the tank haha. Maybe he will later. I could do that, I have nothing to do AT ALL because of winter break. School seems sorta fun now, haha.
On the up side, my 25gal's Nitrate, Nitrite, PH, and alkalinity have stabilized, and my dad has off tomorrow, so maybe a trip to petco, and I could start my sorority. They have awesome yellows at the petco a few towns over.
Okay so usually i would tell you to condition them totally seperated from each other, but in your case i would start all over and condition them side by side for a few days then remove the female from him for about a week, then reintroduce the female beside him and continue to condition for a few more days then remove them from each others sight for a few days then. then i would but the male into the breeding tank and let him explore for a day, the the very next day put the female in a hurricane globe or whatever you are using and then let her sit in there one day then the next day release her into the tank, and hopefully spawning will occur. The conditioning method i shared with you will get the male and female introduced to each other more so there will be less nipping and chasing.