I've been helped along this process by so many great, knowledgable members. Since I now have "tails showing", I feel like I can create a spawn log (I think to start one b/f any hatching may jinx it!)
March 12: Introduced HM pair, Glow and Bananama Jack to the spawining tank. Lots of flaring, chasing, biting; Jack loses a chunk of his dorsal fin. After enough chasing, Jack starts on a nest. By midnight, Glow is wondering what is more interesting than her?
March 13: After 24 hrs, Jack's built a bubble nest in another location: anchored to the sponge filter, an IAL, bubble wrap, and a hornwort branch; Glow is interested. It's a small but sprawling nest. At 1:00pm there's in tense flirting; by 3, they start releasing/fertilizing eggs; by 5pm, Jack chases Glow away. Glow is placed in a hospital tank; she eats lots of black worms.
March 14: Eggs are strewn on the bottom of the tank. Jack is doing his best to keep them "bubbled" but looks tired.
March 15: Jack attends his nest like a champ. I offer him 3 live blackworms, which he gobbles up. PM: Glow is returned to the sorority and re-assimilates quickly. No sign of any hatching! I turn up the temp from 82 to 84. Thermometer was reading just over 80 degrees. Midnight- are those teeny tails I see? only 2 or 3.
March 16 AM- I guess those little hairs are tails! But I see no movement. No more eggs on the ground. Starting fresh microworms from culture.