I am having a issue with the breeding set for my Tilapia. The set consists of 1 male to 4 females, the water parameters are excellent, and the food is at the desired rate for the size of the fish. the fish are not stressed, and eat like they have never seen food before.
The problem is that although they display the mating rituals, i have yet to actually see the act in progress. the last 3 spawns i have caught the females with eggs in there mouth were from 2 fish, and i have missed the event by up to 5 hours. the eggs in each case will be circulated in her mouth and then within 24-36 hours, purged from the female.
I have not attempted to transfer the female or interact with them at all, and am not sure if it is the male not doing his part, ( which i swapped out the male last spawn thinking i had an issue) or there is something else i am missing...
any thoughts on this would be appreciated