Filtration media needs to be very well ESTABLISHED before the spawn hatches to counter any ammonia they produce. I bred mine in a 5G, with 2.5G of water & jam packed with floating plants.
I've been using a established AquaClear 150 Filter with a breeding cage as the prefilter. This filter is designed for a 30G tank.
I've seen that tybetta fool on youtube. Some of his ideas seem plausible, but he leaves out a lot of small things that will end up killing your fry.
- What temperature are your tanks & buckets?
- What are you testing your water with? Ammonia results?
- What kind of food are you feeding the fry?
I'm not sure if anyone else here has used the "bucket" method.