I've been posting various threads with questions in them but I keep thinking of more.
I will separate my questions so you can quote them and answer them.
When conditioning do you use live foods?
Some do, some dont :) I usually use frozen bloodworms, pellets, mosquito larvae (if available), even boiled egg yolk. My adults loooove egg yolk
Can I use snails from my pond or should I buy the snails at a pet store? If so, which type of snail? Mystery snail?
I love mystery snails so i'm gunna say get a couple of those guys, and they don't breed like rabbits hahaha
At what age is it appropriate to move the fry into the growout tank? How can you safely do this?
I moved mine at two weeks because I had to, but some people prefer to wait until they're a month old
When you scoop out the male, what is the safest way to do it without netting fry? And without having to chase the male around the tank?
I managed to grab mine with my hand (washed of course), but for those males who aren't as hand friendly, you'd have to net him lol. Maybe lure him to the furthest place from the nest and net him there as calmly as you can
How long should I have my cultures going before the spawn?
Microworms and other worms should be going a couple weeks before you spawn, bbs dont last very long so the culture would have to be done every day or second day. They're most protein-rich in the first 24 hours of hatching
How often should water changes be done? How do you do this?
If the tank is half full, just start adding a gallon or so a day until the tank is full once the fry are two weeks old-ish. Make sure the water is aged, conditioned and exactly the same temperature, fry are suuuper sensitive. Once it's full, theres a few different ideas about when or how much you should do per day. I started doing 25% every day (including siphoning the bottom because I had no snails or filter at the time) once the babies hit two weeks old and were able to be seen easier. Once mine hit a month old, they got moved to a 29 gallon (instead of 10) and get 50% water changes every day
Is 1 quart jars big enough for the males when they are separated? Do they need gravel or small plants in the jars?
If you plan on selling them, jars should be okay if they aren't gunna be in it for a long time. Water changes will have to be done every day most likely, they'll foul them pretty quick
Also, when you move the fry to the growout tank should I still keep the bottom bare? With only plants?
I kept the bottom of mine bare so the snails can get the leftover food, and its easier to siphon the bottom
I hope this helps haha. If anyone else wants to add anything, or correct me, please do. :P