First, the parents:
Removed female 2 days ago. I will say, this spawn took place during a storm so, I am sticking with this method. I also dosed heavily on the IAL. I have noticed the fry seem to do extra well with this method. I am also adding a small amount of prime, some moss balls and snails, when they grow bigger.
Looked in tank today and noticed "hair like" tails hanging down and Dad looking very busy. Dad made two bubble nests--one is inside the cup and the other outside of it so, he is making a lot of work for himself. I am naming him Bob NON-Vila. He certainly isn't the best at construction plans. :)
This is day one of the spawn. They are still eating off the egg sacks and dad is still putting them back into the next. I can't tell how many and can't disturb the tank. I can see many "dark spots" and, every now and then, you see a little speck move horizontally.
I have already started my second MW culture tonight, and it will be ready for the fry when they are out of the egg sacks.
Since it worked so well the last time, with my having over 40 (that I can count) from the first successful breed, I am doing everything the same. I am only using imported IAL from Malaysia. I boiled a whole batch and now have full containers. This is a big savings.
Secondly, I left lights on, day and night until the fry were free swimming, horizontally. I will do this again. I bought very inexpensive clip on lights. It works well as, it lights up multiple tanks, or it can be moved to light up one. It also helps with warmth at the top, even though I have a good heater inside, and temp set at 82 degrees. I have half wrapped with bubble wrap (thicker, to retain humidity and warmth, which is over the bubble nest. I used plastic wrap to cover the rest. This will also help get the mail out, once the babies are free swimming.
Will check progress in morning. Also trying a spawn for my 3rd set. Unfortunately, the male seems uninterested. This will be the last female I put in with him. If this doesn't work, I will give him a few more months. He may be two young.