This is my second attempt to spawn. I lost my first spawn due ignorance, to too much IAL and Amazon (blackwater) extract and a low water level. When I raised the water level, my first pair spawned, but the nest fell apart and there was a thick residue on the surface of the water. So, this pair is my back up:
I put this pair together on Tuesday evening about three hours apart. Sapphire first built his bubble nest under wax paper (I don't think I am going to use this as a nest material again), but then built a second nest under the styrofoam cup. At 24 hours they were still courting. I went to work this morning and came home to eggs on the bottom of the glass, but almost no bubbles left. Aurora was hiding in a corner, while Sapphire was picking up eggs as fast as he could and placing them in his nest. Unfortunately, as soon as he would place some eggs, others would fall.
I took a nap, a LONG nap. I woke up 5 hours later to Aurora hiding in the corner with no more breeding stripes, and Sapphire picking up eggs. There are now 3-4 times as many eggs and it appears he is rebuilding his bubble nest, while continuing to pick up eggs. Do you guys think the eggs will be okay? He seems very attentive and filled with frenetic energy. He is not interested in food. I removed Aurora.
Thank you for any advice and input.