Thank you! Does the male readiness just come with age? Is there anything I should be doing to help them? They’re in a tank with a pleco and 2 barbs. The last time she laid eggs so did a very good just protecting them and didn’t let anyone near them.. so I’m wondering if maybe she didn’t let the male fertilize the eggs? I’m very new to fish reproduction. So any tips will helpWell, she's not too small if she laid eggs. The green, judging by long pointed dorsal & anal fins, looks male. He needs to get bigger & wised up on what to do. I think she's getting impatient with his lack of readiness...as in come on you idiot, get with the program!