Hi everyone. Definitely new to the forums, but I've been reading them for a while.
I am looking to breed my first pair! Originally I was going to breed my black CT with a dark blue female in attempts to produce more black spawn. However she was a VT and I had some concerns about mixing the pair and coming out with what I wanted. After 3 days he barely had a bubble nest going and I decided to place them back in their tanks and move on to a new pair.
I was interested in breeding one of these 2 from my sorority, but they are pretty large and aggressive for the male I want to mate them with.
So onto the next lady. I haven't been able to pinpoint her color, but I am 95% sure she is HM (as she was sold as), but the off chance she may be a delta. Any thoughts on a color to label her? Either way she has a very tempered attitude and has shown very receptive to the male I am conditioning her with.
My male is a young (and fairly small) HM marble.
After introducing the pair in my 10g tank running about 80 deg with live anacharis. I have 1 Styrofoam cup split into halves floating on opposite sides of the tank with the female smack in the middle in a large plastic water bottle.
He was very quick to begin his bubble nest and over 3 hours had put in a decent amount of work.
The next day the cup looked like this:
and after the 3rd day both cups were filled. Almost like he felt his first job wasn't good enough so he had to go somewhere else to earn her lovin.
I was fairly cautious due to her color and still at this point don't know if she is read to mate. Her breeding stripes are impossible to see, so I am going on her attitude and movement. I have finally introduced the pair and for the first 1 hour they have relatively left each other alone. Aside from a quick peak to see if she was real, my male has been off tending to his nest.
I'll keep photos coming and hopefully I can ask some questions and get some help as I am sure I will need some soon.