first of all, sorry about askin about 10 million questions, but your advice is so useful!
i have a 6 month old red crowntail male and i believe another crowntail female - has the same ends of tail, but is pineapple coloured (thats what the people in the shop called it, its cream/beige body with red fins). Both are healthy, and the male is not a dud for breeding - my uncle works in the shop!
i havent got a styrene cup but have a fish food lid instead - same size pretty much. the female has been in a breeding net for 4 hours, just so the male can see her (i know not to breed them in that!). there are lots of fake plants for protection for the female when she is released. a 5 gallon tank
Basically 2 questions -
both are interested in each other, flaring up and the male swimming in a pronounced s shape when near her. he semms to start blowing the nest under the lid where i want him to,but the bubbles soon disappear as he looses interest for a while. The water level is 10 inches high - should this be reduced - only that the breeding net would not be able to be used for the betta as its attached to the edge of the tank
also, as the female has a pale coloured body, will i not be able to see the vertical stripes - i have two other betta in another tank which are purple and blue and i can see the horizontal stripes sometimes, rarely if i may add, but if large wcs are used for any reason for example. i have never though seen any stripes either way on the pale one, which is the healthiest one with the brightest fins, and the most active.
should i leave them overnight?