thanks for the insight knuggs... idk if i will bother collecting eggs and trying to raise fry in the nano. i guess if any survive then they were meant to be and its RAOK time lol.
its soo much work just to
maintain the tanks i do have which are all plant oriented tanks.
its interesting to know that your most successful fry tank is the "filthiest" one... because by your deacription i thought you were referring to my 30B! lol. its a total jungle with moss and driftwood and duckweed and all kinds of craziness, micro daphnia and micro bugs and all! which is probabbly why my fry thrived without me ever having to feed them fry food lol
good thing is i've got a Hydro V sponge filter im there and tons of moss covered driftwood as a biofilter. i will take you up on your suggestion and:
1) purchase some large rubbermaids to remove the hardscape.
2) then i will catch as many fish as i can in a bare bucket and cycled sponge filter.
3) add my substate which will be pure PFS (as cheap as i can get)
4) throw back my hardscape and plants
5) reintroduce the fry.
i just hipe they won't get too freaked out with the sudden changes. i checked thise fry out the other day tho... they look like some pretty tought little critters!