Hi all you experienced breeders in the house...
OK Well after stressing out for the last two days I have confirmed eggs. Yes, they are in the nest and falling out of the nest and busy new daddy is working hard grabbing them and spitting them back up.
I thought I would preemptively check the water conditions and was dismayed to notice ammonia levels are in the "stress" range. My breeding tank is a plastic tote... about 13x18 or so with 5 inches of water. I have it stocked with hornwort and there is a small filter running in the corner which I pre-conditioned by running it in an established tank for over a week.
The eggs are at this point unhatched... should I try a water change now before they pop out? If I do... what method do you all use to most gently change out the water and how much would you recommend?