Hello All, I am hoping you can help me. First of all I had one successful spawn but started losing babies. Then I noticed that the few babies I had left (5 to be exact) were stunted...they were half the size they should be! I separated them into jars and started changing the water daily (apparently they secrete a growth stunting hormone?) and they seem to be better.
Second, attempted a second spawn with a different pair. The male and female separated did their thing, flaring etc. then she submitted to him. He of course took the two days to build a bubble nest. There in lies the problem. He built a really, REALLY small nest! The female was full of eggs and I released her. They didn't fight or anything at first, she just simply submitted to him. He would NOT embrace her, just kept her near the nest. I figured they weren't quite ready so I separated them again. The next morning, she had pushed out her eggs and the nest was completely gone. I am not sure if the water conditions are not right? I had problems with the last nest also. I am wondering if certain water types or conditions can make it more difficult to maintain a bubble nest? Also, was my second pair not compatible? I am not sure what happened! Thanks in advance for your help!