Originally Posted by tpopcaz
Yes I understand there is just so much info out there that go against each other. Some say leave the male in there and don't feed him, other videos I have watched say that feed him and take him out within 30 minutes after they spawn. I'm trying to get the right info so if they fails I can do it right next time.
I realize that there are many different methods to breeding, but for a hobbyist, you want to keep the male in the tank. It's much more effective that way. And yes, you should feed him- or he might start to snack on the eggs (even if they are fertile. But once you take him out of the tank, he's most likely not going to care for the eggs anymore- he might just start to eat them.
You take the female
out after spawning, not the male. Sometimes they will help with the eggs, but that's few and far between. The reason for taking her out is because the male will protect the nest at any cost- usually killing other fish in the tank.
As for the fry...if you get any, feed them with cooked egg yolk. Most breeders have a jar of infusoria going- or even live plants in the tank that have little critters for the fry to munch on. They usually won't take to powered foods. Once they hit 2 weeks, they will be big enough to eat BBS (baby brine shrimp) and you can give them that.
I don't recommend using a filter. I changed the water by hand. They have to be big water changes, however, because fry put off lots of growth hormone. Removing this from the water will stunt their growth (trust me I know- it's happened to me).