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Old 08-01-2010, 07:23 PM   #1 
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female ready to mate?

how do I know when my female, Bella, is ready to mate?
I can tell my male, Jaws, is ready, he has built a huge bubble nest and flares up everytime he sees her swim by in the other tank
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:02 PM   #2 
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What is your breeding set up? How have you conditioned both of them?
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:10 PM   #3 
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i actually havent...i just wanted to know her signs of readyness...i wont breed them i am just curious
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:27 PM   #4 
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Females can be spawned at any time. They always have eggs but the eggs ripen in the presence of a male. Periodically even without a male she will drop or reabsorb eggs naturally.
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how do I know when my female, Bella, is ready to mate?
I can tell my male, Jaws, is ready, he has built a huge bubble nest and flares up everytime he sees her swim by in the other tank
well you have really nice and unique names:). well all females will show a vertical
dark bars on her and her belly will get bigger and it will be full of eggs. note: lightly colored females do not show this effect (virtical bars) only dark females like blue and other dark colored females will show bars but white and red females wont.

this picture is of a ready female with vertical bars:


this is a pic of a ready light colored female:
note-the one with the big belly is the female-
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vertical bars? oh alright...my female does sometimes show some bars...but they are horizontal
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:48 AM   #7 
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Horizontal bars are stress stripes.
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I've read that other than stripes and belly full of eggs, the female will start to flare back at the male when she's interested in him.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:39 AM   #9 
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horizontal are really stress bars? what can i do?
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You can move her away from the male, who is most likely the cause of her stress.
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