Ok I got some freezedried bloodworms and started conditioning, do they need more then 1 worm a day? Also during the carride home from getting my female she had horizontal bars which i assume meant shes scared, beacue they went away once she was set up in her tank, but I read on a page that that meant they were too young/submissive to mate, is that true? Again sorry for all the questions!
Horizontal bars are called "stress stripes." Many females get them and even some males. They have nothing to do with the female's ability to breed. When the female is ready to mate you will see vertical bars on her which indicate she's ready to breed.
I would feed 2 blood worms per meal and I would also try some other foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia.. just to mix it up well.
Ahhh! the male, Mario wont eat blood worms, only pellets! Is that going to be a problem since he wont be conditioned? Luckily I've been conditioning my other male Mickey as a backup and hes doing fine. Thing is Mario is red, and Mickey, the one in my avatar, is blue, while the female, Abigill is blue/turqoise, so if I breed Mickey, I wont get as much variety of colors, not to mention he is big compared to the Abigil ( Mario and her are closer in size), which is also a negative. So do i need to breed Mickey instead?
IME-it is just as important if not more to have the female conditioned, she has the eggs and you want them healthy and strong and this can also decrease the number of fallers.
I conditions my breeders with live foods, guppy fry, mosquito larva, white worms, daphnia, seed shrimp, chopped red worms and my homemade food.
I don't feed or like microworms due to the bacteria that they sometimes can cause and then in turn the fry can be missing pectoral fins.
It is good to try and have the breeders as close to the same size as you can
IME-I have had success with breeders of either sex being larger or smaller than the other
I don't use filtration in my spawning tank but I sometimes will use a small sponge filter in the fry tank, but I also have heavy planted tanks
It's not wise to condition with freezedried foods! Freezedried foods can cause severe constipation and bloating and should only be fed as a snack! Condition with thawed frozen bloodworms and/or brineshrimp!