I have a query - for this particular breeding, I found that my female had started mating while I was away and seemed to have dropped her eggs under the male's bubble nest before he could embrace her. (They are brother and sister - mustard gas halfmoons). I didn't once see him embrace her (though he might have before I came home) but I did see both him and his sister putting the bubbles in the nest.
The next morning (about 15 hours later) I discovered that the male had destroyed his bubble nest (I'd taken the female out right after the mating). Or somehow it was utterly gone. (The tank was sealed, I've bred them before.) I put bubbles from the tank of another male (green veiltail) into my Mustard Gas's tank and put the female back in, hoping she might help her brother pick up the eggs at the bottom and put them into this new nest. (It was his first time by the way.)
A few hours later I put some of the eggs just floating around in the tank into a cup and poured them into the tank of the green male veiltail (whose nest I had entirely stolen). I slept on it, and it's 48 hours later and all of the babies in the green veiltail's large tank have grown and are free swimming around healthily because he made a nest for them overnight.
My questions are:
- Are the fry likely to have the genes of their MG father or the male green veiltail? I'm not sure whether the MG "fertilized" the nest, and is it possible my green veiltail fertilized these eggs when he made the nest for them?
- I still have some eggs hanging around the MG's tank, not in bubbles. It's been a bit over 48 hours now. Should I leave the eggs in his tank? Should I put them in the tank of the veiltail? (I am by the way fully prepared and would welcome lots of little veil tails, I just want them to survive.) Some of the eggs are floating on the top, some on the bottom.
Thank you for all of your help.