Originally Posted by Ryanlr88
Ok, so my jewels laid eggs few days ago. Yesterday they were all gone so I figured they ate them. Today I noticed a lot of little wigglers, so clearly I just missed them yesterday. Anyway, I have gravel substrate and a lot of the wigglers have worked their way down into the gravel. Is this bad? Will they be able to come back up as they grow bigger? Should I do something? Just curious. Thanks. I've never had eggs before, hence my lack of knowledge.
At this point, you would be best to leave them alone. You should be using a sponge filter ONLY in the tank tho so that the fry, once free swimming, don't get sucked up into any other types of filters.
In the future, it's best to breed these fish in either a bare bottomed tank or in a tank with a finer sand type substrate so that the fry can't get "stuck" in the gravel.
If you are going to seperate the eggs from the parents, I prefer to hatch fish out in a bare tank so that I can siphon excess food and snail "poop" without too much trouble. If you want to try and siphon these fry out of their tank and put them into a bare tank, make sure you use 100% of the water they are in now. Once they have made the transition okay and have started to feed, you can start adding some new water ( about 10% of the existing volume every day or 2) until you have filled up the tank. There's no rush to fill this tank so the longer it takes, the better for the fry
Don't forget to get some Baby brine shrimp ready for hatching.
If you would like more direct help, feel free to PM me.
Hope this helps