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someone has posted something similar to this before, but I just created an account and I really need some guidance.
I have a tank at around 12 gallons that is filled at about 5-8 gallons right now. There is definitely enough and not too much room for the betta pair that is inside already.
I have a dual colored male (Dark Blue and Red) and a Dual colored female (Transparent Orange with violet fins)
The tank has just a little bit of tea from a teabag for tannins and a leaf. It is kept at around 78 degrees and is quite stable in temperature. There are plenty rock crevices for the female to hide.
I introduced the female in a glass chimney. The usual signs of courtship occurred. The male started building a bubble nest before i went to sleep last night.
I woke up this morning to find that my male has already built a decent bubble nest under the leaf and i headed out to new york for the rest of the day before coming back.
Upon my return, the male had already built a GARGANTUAN bubblenest under the leaf and is actually raising the leaf out of the water. He was and still is continuing to build. I thought this was a good sign so i released the female into the water.
The male flared, chased, and nipped her of course. I know that this is normal behavior.
However, its been over four hours already, I know both the bettas are eager to mate because you can just tell from their body language. However, whenever the female approaches the bubblenest submissively, the male would flare at her. Before he even gets close to her, she darts all over the tank in fear and he chases her in aggression. The male will quickly leave her alone and after a period of time, she will come out of hiding and the same thing would repeat over and over again.
what's going on? what should i do? is this normal? please help me.