Just wanted your opinions on this..
Female is fat with eggs, male has been building a nest that is quite large now. She keeps watching him like a weirdo. If he comes near her she goes head down but shes nowhere near the nest so the male is just irritated and swims away. She was following him to the nest but he kept chasing her off and now she is just watching like a creeper. I have another suitable female that has breeding stripes after being jarred in the tank with them. Have you guys ever just switched out females with any rate of success? This female is submissive to him and he's kind of aggressive without being violent, should I just leave them together and hope she comes out? I might have seen one awkward embrace earlier, not sure. They're been together for about 7 hours now and have been going through all the normal chasing, nest building, etc. I thought she was hiding TOO WELL so I removed some of the fake plants so she can at least see him and he can find her every once in awhile.
They're in a heated 10 gal filled 4 or maybe 5 inches. Earlier I placed another male next to their tank and let them "fight" for about 15 mins and then removed the second male in his tank which didn't do much. I'm going to go get some decaffienated green tea to add to their tank since I don't have any IAL, they were both conditioned for weeks and are healthy.
Any ideas/help? It's a little frustrating to watch.