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Yellow HM Spawn Log

I've been helped along this process by so many great, knowledgable members. Since I now have "tails showing", I feel like I can create a spawn log (I think to start one b/f any hatching may jinx it!)

March 12: Introduced HM pair, Glow and Bananama Jack to the spawining tank. Lots of flaring, chasing, biting; Jack loses a chunk of his dorsal fin. After enough chasing, Jack starts on a nest. By midnight, Glow is wondering what is more interesting than her?

March 13: After 24 hrs, Jack's built a bubble nest in another location: anchored to the sponge filter, an IAL, bubble wrap, and a hornwort branch; Glow is interested. It's a small but sprawling nest. At 1:00pm there's in tense flirting; by 3, they start releasing/fertilizing eggs; by 5pm, Jack chases Glow away. Glow is placed in a hospital tank; she eats lots of black worms.

March 14: Eggs are strewn on the bottom of the tank. Jack is doing his best to keep them "bubbled" but looks tired.

March 15: Jack attends his nest like a champ. I offer him 3 live blackworms, which he gobbles up. PM: Glow is returned to the sorority and re-assimilates quickly. No sign of any hatching! I turn up the temp from 82 to 84. Thermometer was reading just over 80 degrees. Midnight- are those teeny tails I see? only 2 or 3.

March 16 AM- I guess those little hairs are tails! But I see no movement. No more eggs on the ground. Starting fresh microworms from culture.

4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.
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Here's the best picture I can get of Glow's coloring.
(& her awesome topline, IMHO.)
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4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.
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I have more photos on my "1st Spawn Album".

4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.
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Sat. March 16 2013:
I'm so excited about the litte tails I see! At 4:00 I took a LONG walk so I'd stop checking the tank every 5 minutes. I managed to stay away from the tank until 6pm: AND I SAW A FEW TEENY FRY!!! Butch is firmly taking the strays and stuffing them back into the nest- he thinks it's too early to be swimming around!
The fry are just two black dots w/ a thread attached, almost microscopic. I can only see them w/ a magnifying glass. If the water wasn't cloudy due to IAL, it would be easier to see.

4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.
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Congrats on your soon to be yellow babies!

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Today, March 17, Butch has his perfectly tended nest- but:
THERE ARE NO TAILS or BABIES!!!!!
He is still tending that nest, but I see nothing but bubbles.
What is going on? What should I do?
The thermometer resds 82+, so the heater didn't fail. I don't see bodies (that I can make out).
Does anyone have an idea of what's going on?

4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.

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Did he eat them? Are they swimming around?
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I can't see anything swimming around :0( but Butch.

4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.
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Assuming he did eat them, should I pull him out & watch the nest? Will any remaining babies live w/o his intervention?

4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.
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