Had a nightmare. I fed all tanks. I put a divider in my 55g and put some fry on one side. Thought it was pretty tight, but one bugger got through. I added some rocks on the other side so he could hide. He's smart. He keeps trying to go back through where he came in, but he's too big I guess and can't get back through to the other side. Everyone on the other side must hear him because the fry are schooling together and meeting him at the corner. Two keep swimming through and back again, but he still can't make it... big head. I'm sure he'll be okay. I only moved the larger ones over from the 10g anyway.
While watching all the fish in that tank, the 55g, I noticed my female Enantiopus Melanogenys had something in her mouth. She has held eggs before, but she always eats them. They are very young. But then, I seen things move. I thought she ate the fry that swam over from the other side, but then I seen multiple wiggles in her mouth. He swims with her mouth open and eats and I have not even noticed until today!
Well, I heard they eat their fry pretty fast (don't know if true or not, but have read that about this species). I decided, since they are wiggling, they are probably big enough to strip her (which I have not ever done before, ever, yet). I took her out after catching her, which she didn't like. They are pretty skittish.
I have her in a large tupperware rectangular container. I go to grab her, she freaks out and jumps and lands outside the container on my desk, spitting fry in the air. Luckily they all landed in the tupperware, but she's on my desk. I grab her and she jumps out of my hand and lands on the floor. OMG. I suck at this and she's never going to get pregnant again after this ordeal. I freak out and grab her and get her safely back in the container. Remind me to do this on the floor next time. Live and learn, she's a jumper. She spat 5 free swimming fry. Some fully developed, some with a big of egg sack left, and 3 old eggs. 2 which were not even close to full eggs and 1 full one - all old.
It's too hard to catch the fry with a net in the container to get them into a tank, so I use an old tiny plastic fish food bottle to scoop them up in the water and place them into the fry tank. The container has an indent and I was following one little guy or gal
and they swam up over the indent as I was following slowly and my food bottle slipped into the indent. They fry happened to be above the indent with its egg sack over the indent in the container and I accidentally squooshed it and he immediately died.
I felt soooo bad. Goodness gracious. Anything else today?
But, I guess the good news is that I have 4 fry, so we'll see how they do. Her first time and my first fry from them, too.