This is the official spawn log for Bellino and Greeny! Greeny is the currently unnamed green metallic female I received from Basement Bettas in San Antonio. She is expected to reach 180 by the time she fully matures, so I am calling this spawn a HM Marble and HM Metallic Spawn. Does that sound right? Lol.
Anyways, at around 9 last night I put Bellino in the spawning tub. He checked everything out for about two hours, and he didn't seemed stressed, actually more excited than anything else, so I put Greeny in. She was in a large pitcher almost filled to the top, and the pitcher went up about 5 inches past the main tub water level so she was able to swim to the top if Bellino's flirting got to be too much. For the first 30 minutes I watched them, Greeny had horizontal
stripes, and would swim up to the top so she couldn't be bothered by Bellino. Then, she started to swim down to see into the main tank, and Bellino would be there and she would be like EEek! and swim to the top. But soon she started to follow him around the cylinder a bit, and would ask sort of flirty. Her colors became very vivid but she was still showing the stripes so I walked away for about an hour or so. Later I checked on them, and she was no longer showing horizontal, but very faint breeding bars. I let her out about 30 minutes later (still vivid, eggy, with vertical bars). No major aggression, just chasing and Bellino's flaring.
It is now 9:20 am and Bellino has built a small nest over night. I see Greeny and her breeding bars are extremely obvious, as well as her colors, even through the dark of the IAL tea, much more prominent than yesterday. Bellino acts calm and hangs around the nest. I saw Greeny come out to see a bit, and she swam away when Bellino saw her. He went and flared at her, and chased her off, but I didn't see any physical contact. I hope it happens today, though I am not sure because it is Bellino's first time.