Currently have 2 CT's spawning in our tank: red and purple marble male with cambodian female. We released her at about 10:30 PM and they started trying
to embrace about five minutes later. I say "trying" because it took the male two hours and 13 recoveries from having stunned himself before he finally got it right. We were having fun inserting our own commentaries from the fish (OW! No, not there!), but now they're going at it like crazy. It took them a while to figure out that the eggs were supposed to go into the nest, but now they get it.
They're both surprisingly gentle on each other: all of the research we did suggested that the breeding process would be quite rough, but they have barely torn at each other. The female only has one major rip in her anal fin--everything else seems pretty minor.
Before spawning the female looked like she swallowed a marble; now she seems to be returning to normal proportions. I'm glad we have homes for all of these if they survive
Special thanks goes out to the Animal Behaviour class at TRU for this one!
Pictures coming soon!