I am currently in the process of breeding 3 separate tanks. I had the Indoor tank with male in first for 1 day, before introducing female for 4 days. Outdoor tanks were set up and introduced in same day, removed after 2)
75 gallon Indoor.
--> 84 degrees temp, 5 inch deep, no filtration, white oak leaves, plastic 1 liter bottle for nest, live plants.
5 Gallon Outdoor.
--> 70-86 degrees, may move indoors. Fake Plants, Gravel Bottom, oak leaves.
10 Gallon Outdoor.
--> 70-86 degrees, may move indoors. Variety of Live plants, organic rich soil, black sand cap, oak leaves.
All females were conditioned for 3-4 weeks with high quality frozen foods and daily water changes, aquarium salt used 10 days off and on for increased fin sized and color. Oak leaves "white oak and bur" was used to release tannins and aid in fin repair and coloring, etc.
I introduced the male and female at the same time in the Indoor tank, and immediately the female (Starburst- White) grew dark blue and purple verticle lines, and approached male...After male (Aurora- White) scared female away, they spent 2-3days chasing eacother. 3rd Day male built nest. 4th day they decisded to breed.
Outdoor tank 1
, I introduced the male (Asteroid) first then the female (M.J.) a day later. By morning, the males had bubble nests and were mating by afternoon. I whitnessed the male mate for a few hours, with 5-10 eggs per mate, I didnt know if this had been going on since early morning or not, but the female was getting pretty nipped up and body cuts, which i havnt seen in any other mating tanks yet. Very small bubble nest, but male now guards the nest as female has been removed.
In outdoor tank 2
, I use live plants and sand and the bubble nests (2) were made on oak leaves at top, and between live plant leafs at surface.
I beleive hte mating for this tank happend overnight, so i removed the female (Magma) in mid afternoon as she was attacking make under nest, and male (Lahaina Orion) was guarding nest. Assume they mated overnight, but will see, awsome nest, BOTH!
I now have all 3 females removed in speparate hospital tanks using a pinch of aquarium salt, de-chlor. fresh water, and a white oak soaked water mix.
I will update on status od fests and possible fry soon.