This update is a bit late.... but I had a very interesting experiance....
As I stated earlier, I had been planning to cull this spawn thinking it a failure... I released Smudge back into the tank thinking he would eat some of the fry and I began using a turkey baser to suck up the eggs with fungus that had fallen to the ground (plus some poop from Smudge), since I was culling the spawn I simply put this stuff and water into an empty glass jar inbetween my sorority and the spawn tank.... well... once I realized that Smudge was not eating the fry, but instead caring for them and eating the eggs I had missed... I began sifting through the jar of ickiness with little hope since I had sucked the water and dumped it carelessly into an empty jar with no heat...
Well... a little fry was in it... and he/she was alive
I used a medicine dropper to remove him/her, as soon as I put the medcine dropper into the spawn tank Smudge came over, as soon as I released the little guy, Smudge grabbed him and shoved him in the nest... at first the fry kept falling but Smudged kept picking him up and tossing him back in... 5 minutes later (yes, I timed it), the little fry was holding his own and swimming up if he fell <3
and I got some decent pictures of him before Smudge decided to move him deeper into the nest
"Little dude" with Daddy watching over him (Im entering this photo in the photo contest)