Originally Posted by LoveSGSE
indjo, how do I tire the male? And what do you mean by ripen her eggs? Kinda confused.
If a male constantly flares, he will eventually get tired. Sometimes before I spawn aggressive males that won't breed, I flare him with another male for at least an hour. If I think he's very/too .....active???..... I would flare him longer, but change his sparring partner (so they don't get stressed). Then let him rest. Usually he (they) will start making nest (don't know why).
Then I would place him in the breeding tank and float the female for at least one day (sometimes 3 days - depending on how the male is acting). I usually release the female just before dark. Oh, I usually use much more plants when breeding aggressive males.
Females will always carry eggs all their adult life. When they get into "the mood" their eggs sort of ripens
and are ready to be released
/layed. Some females need a longer time before they're ready to release their eggs. If these females are released too soon, the male will have a longer time chasing and nipping at her. She will end up badly hurt. So to reduce chasing time, I usually float my female - hoping that when I release her she will almost immediately spawn.
I release females just before dark because they will see and sense each other but stop their activity after dark. They usually spawn the next morning. Very little nipping.