Originally Posted by gracetaylor
That may be a good theory, but my question would be if we put them both in at the same time, there wouldnt be a bubble nest so how would that work? But Chet has been making bubbble nests for weeks, and BW we just got 2 weeks ago, she was a whiteish color when we got her but we put her tank next to one of the boys & she got really dark, shes a vibrant blue & almost a black head, but shes been ready for a good week & a half now.
If they are willing to breed, he will make a nest. Besides, some males make nests after the female is in there, some after they spawn, some after eggs have hatched, and some don't bother. Don't use the nest as the only variant for a successful spawn. Their body language is more important - if both "flirt swim" in an "S" pattern, they will spawn.
I sometimes keep my male in the breeding tub for weeks (I want my water to really age) to avoid mosquitoes. It's OK. But some males are too aggressive. That's why plenty of hiding places for the female is often advised.
If you're worried about your female, take her out for now. Give her a day or so then try keeping the female floating in a jar for at least 2 days (specially if it's her first spawn). Hopefully they will spawn not long after her release.
Because she has sensed the male and was in a "breeding mode" she may release unfertilized eggs if separated. If so, you have to cancel and wait another week or so before you reintroduce her.