I decided to remove the male once the fry started hatching because I'm 99% sure he's a fry/egg eater beacuse his last spawn was very small. I was a little concerned about how the fry would fare as I had never removed the male until free swimming. Of course, in the process of removing the male I was a little too clumsy and dropped the tank lid inside the tank destroying the nest. Is that what you call a rocky start or what. Ugh!
I had less than 3 inches of water during the spawn because my male has really long and heavy fins and I didn't want him to get exhausted so I didn't have to lower the water level but I did place the filter in a very gentle setting to keep the water moving around the eggs.
They have all hatched my now and there are soooo many!
Day 1: I call this one "Group Hug"
Day 2: I call this one "The lineup"