Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: California, LA area
Since the water is really low when I first breed, I usually just add more water a little at a time(via a drip line) until it's full instead of doing a real water change.Turkey baster to suck up the bits on the bottom.
Doing a huge water change can stress the fry(quick change in water conditions/temp if it wasn't brought up to temp) and that can lead to death.
Most deaths tend to happen in the first week or two, too.
My grandmother is on oxygen, so we have a lot of long air cords laying around. I find I can cut to length and thread through a stiff tube(or, like those portfolio clip things everyone uses to divide tanks) so it doesn't float and I can siphon/vacuum out the stuff every day/twice a day without bothering the fry the hole is small so you don't risk sucking up fry.
I use the same cord to slowly add the new/clean water.
This means in my ten gallon I can do two separate 2-4 gallon water changes a day without bothering the fry much(if anything they seem to like following the thing).
To each their own though, you have a decent sized spawn it seems so you'll still have your hands full.
Sorry to hear about the fungus, bleh.