Originally Posted by youlovegnats
alright. she's got shredded fins, but nothing major. That's what I did. I had her in one of those guppy breeder holders inside the tank, then let her out after the male built his nest.
When the male builds a nest, he wants to breed - true. BUT not all females are ready nor willing to breed when ever we want them to. Leave the female floating for a few days to:
1. see if she always responds to the male (with vibrant colors)
2. give her eggs time to "ripen" so she will almost immediately spawn upon release - thus reducing her chances of getting seriously injured.
A once nest builder should always renew his nest if he is ready to spawn. Your fish has either lost interest because of the reluctant female. Or he wasn't healthy enough. See if he's still flirt swimming - if not, recondition them.
Some females just take longer for her eggs to "ripen". Usually after a few spawns, it will be faster/shorter time. I have females spawning the following morning and some take over 4 days.
Females biting males is usually caused by a less aggressive male - while the female is very enthusiastic, the male is sort of sluggish/slow (IME). I've heard of females being natural biters but haven't had any .... hope I never will.