So, I've had my first female for about 2 weeks. Keeping her in a 1gal quarantine tank while my 10gal cycles.
When I got her, I had no idea she was full of eggs. I only found out when I posted pictures on this forum... Judging from her bloated belly and egg spot.
I'm getting a little scared. When should she be "dropping" her eggs? She should be releasing them on her own, right? Is there anything I can do to "encourage" her? Could I put one of my males (who is in a seperate tank) next to her tank and have them see each other periodically? Or is that bad?
NOTE: I am not planning on breeding her at all. :( Can't a fish love just buy a female because they're pretty too and not want to breed them?
ALSO. I was originally planning on dividing my 10gal 3 ways... putting my two boys on each side and the female in the middle (where I put the filter, since I heard females can handle filter currents better than males... and to have better water flow through the tank).
THEN I heard that putting a female with a male in a divided tank is a bad idea also, because hormones will be "released" in the water, causing the female to produce eggs again. Or the fish will go crazy or something. Is this true?
Dividers will be DIY plastic mesh.