Time for an update!
It's time for bed and in the morning, my fry will be 1 week old (from when they hatched).
I noticed a few dead fry near the beginning possibly because I removed the male too soon? Today I noticed 5 dead fry bodies
I've been cleaning minimally with a turkey baster and slowly adding to the water level. Most of what I clean is snail poop from the 3 nerite snails I put in there to be the clean up crew so I'm not even sure if it was worth adding them.
Yesterday I did a count and spotted about 40 fry. Originally I had guessed 30-40. Sadly I expect some more loss as this is my first time raising fry.
Yesterday I moved all the fry to their 20 gallon long grow out tank with only a couple gallons of water in it. 3/4 of them were not doing well, the other 1/4 seemed fine. I thought maybe putting them in some cleaner water would help.
Today I noticed a lot of deaths and inactive fry, about 1/4 are still acting normally.
I seriously have no idea what I'm doing, I am going to be devastated if they continue dying.
Sorry for you that so many passed! I know that feeling too well, when they die for no reason. I think it's normal to loss some, but not the majority of them. Did you conditioning the water before adding it? I think it ist also important that it has the same temperatur. And dont worry about the snail poo, its way better than uneaten fry food
There's about ten or so fry still alive, I think some will die but some seem to be doing well.
When I released momma into the spawning tank, I saw her and the dad wrap within 30mins, they really like each other.
Huge bubble nest this morning but no eggs yet I don't think.
3 original fry are still alive!
Most of the new fry are free swimming, I think tomorrow night will be time to remove Avizandum and feed the fry? I think there are maybe 100 fry this time so double compared to the first time.