I never leave a new pair too long together unless i can keep an eye on them. Once a female attacks my boys I remove immediately. I allow the girl to be beat up a bit though, I use the fishes body language to judge when to remove. Once she is gasping on the surface and trying to run away at all costs, abandon attempt and try again.
Thanks. I have enjoyed spawning these fish and with the three adult fish helping raise the fry, it is different to anything else I have done. I did actually pick the different stages the fish went through, just didn't realise what the changes ment.
The fry are growing well.
I will be selling these when they are ready (a while yet :-). ). I already have a few shops lined up to take 10 at a time. There are LOTS in the tank.
I am really enjoying this and love how easy it all is, so much easier and less stress than the Betta. It is a nice change.