9:00am~This morning upon very close inspection I found 2 fry dead. There was fungus starting to grow so I've decided to do another 100% water change. There are still a lot of fry, so I don't think I've lost too many. I have fed watered down egg yolk, though I've only noticed a few eating it.
The fry are currently in containers floating and acclimating to the spawning tank. I'm tempted to just add them to the grow out tank, but I want the heater to become more stable since it's brand new.
In the grow out tank, the daphnia seem to be happy and there are still quite a bit in there and the eggs are still floating on top. I hope the culture continues to grow until the fry are big enough to start eating them.
I will let the fry acclimate until my baby takes her afternoon nap, then I will be doing another head count of the fry and putting any deceased into a cup to later inspect. From what I see they had fungus, so hopefully this water change will prevent others from dying.
I realize some people may think that it's too early to start water changes, but I have noticed it's way too difficult to remove all of the food that is added to the tank. The tank has so much surface area that the fry are always so spread apart minus corners. They seem to frequent corners. I will continue to do water changes as I feel necessary. No one seems too stressed about them, and this is the third water change they have gone through. I hope this is helping more than it's hurting.
12:30~Finished the head count, I am down to 410 fry. After inspecting closely, I only found 6 dead and 4 were undeveloped eggs. I am assuming Kio ate more than I had thought. I should have taken him out yesterday morning. I won't be leaving the male betta in with the fry longer than 3 days.
I'm very disappointed that 85 fry are deceased. It seems pretty high considering. Hopefully the clean conditioned water will prevent others from getting fungus. I will also leave the cover on longer in the day.
I have fed another dose of MWs. I'm hoping the fry are eating, but I only see a few actually doing so anytime I feed.
I will feed boiled egg yolk again later today, probably before bed.