I found some white "dish pans" at the dollar tree that I am using now. I kind of took this from the bucket idea. I figured since they were white (and only a dollar) they would be perfect! So far, it seems to be working better than the 10 gallon I was using. It was too small to add a heater, but I sat it inside a 5 gallon shallow (about 5 inches tall) clear storage tub, and added a heater to that container. So the breeding section is heated to 80F by the water inside of the other container. When the fry get old enough I will tip them over into the other body of water so they will have more room. Then when they are much older they will be moved onto the 10 gallon, and then to the 30 gallon until old enough to separate. Also, I didn't overdo the hiding places this time. Just a few baby javas to add some greenery, and an upside down terracotta pot. Honestly, my tubs and setup looks kind of like Elitebetta's on YouTube (and not on purpose either actually, haha). I added a large flat IAL and he blew his nest under it. How do I see when there are eggs? Do I put a tiny mirror under the water to view them? I have one of the tiny round mirrors that dentists use to view teeth, lol. Can I sanitise this and use it?
Again, thank you all for your help! I'll report my findings and let you all know if it worked! Wish me luck! I have my Blue Green HMPK pair in there now. Can't wait to see how they are doing when I get off work! Maybe I'll have fry soon enough! *fingers crossed*