Female looks slimmer now....no sign of any babies though. Since this place is so overgrown at the surface I could very well be missing them. Just in case, I sprinkled a bit of Hikari 'First Bites'(it was somewhere round .75 on Big Als couldn't resist it-turned out to be perfect heterandria colony food...fine powder).
Good/ bad news on the bluespots. I found one of the females brutally dead a few days ago. Quite odd...but I guess the amount of javamoss prevented me from seeing the conflict. From previous experience, when a killing happens once and no action is taken another will follow suite. I inserted a plexiglass divider to seperate them. Yesterday and today I turned the plexiglass diagonal to give the female a chance to see the male. She went up to him and again his color darkened and he started to flare and kick with his body. The females eye and the line underneath darkened and she responded. Then they kinda engaged in a "mock fight". Both fish puffed up there gillplates and when ones mouth advanced, the other fish retreated, keeping equal distance all the time(fish were not quite side by side and facing the same direction with heads titled towards opponent). The female was leaning over towards the ground though. The colors on both were breathtaking(marking on females gillplate and eyes brightened up quite a bit). It looked as if the two fish were holding a stick on each side and taking turns pushing it towards the other. Suddenly the pair broke up(guessing someone was going to go a bit farther than mock fighting) After a few more bouts lasting several minutes the female called it a day and went back to the otherside of the plexiglass. Today, she didn't seem as bold. The owner suggested a cooling and then warming, though I'm unsure how to go about that. I can't tell if the female is growing eggs but all that food has to go somewhere! They prefer living food but I have managed to get them to accept frozen bloodworms(but they seem to hunt highly by sight). They will even grab falling pellets if they are in the right spot, but if it hits the ground and stops moving they usuallly lose interest.
For nothobranchius-have you tried coconut coir? It doesn't acidify things as much as peat does...might eliminate the need for weaning them to hard water. Also, do they only accept live foods as mentioned? If so, I'd probably have to have a thriving grindalworm culture and more to feed em.
Off to find the site.