BN spawn - little help please
Looks like my latest pair of BNs have had a fun time together in the 20L - the male is currently fanning a big pile of eggs stuck to the cave-like roof of a piece of mopani wood.
Tank currently houses 2 BNs (1 male, 1 female), 1 opal gourami and 4 random corydoras catfish. Oh, and a giant mess of assassin snails.
I noted that the gourami is sticking to one area lately, and that I've only seen the female BN attached to the zucchini I provide. Normally the male would let her eat for a while and then shoo her off so he can enjoy.
Sure enough, there's a tail sticking out from underneath the log, and there's plenty of orange eggs inside. Caring for the fry isn't difficult, but here's where I need some direction:
I know the gourami would happily munch any free-swimming fry that get past daddy. It ignores the catfish, but would eat the fry. Of all my tanks, I don't really have one he could be moved to, safely. I have a feeling he'd tear up my black neon and otto tank, I obviously can't put him in the betta tank, and if I put him in with the convict, he'd turn into a fishy chew toy.
I have a spare 5 gallon tank that I could clean out and bare bottom for fry. I'd have to get a filter for it and a more reliable heater, but I could do it. The issue becomes this: do I try to remove the log and the male and put them in the smaller tank until the fry hatch, or do I wait until the fry hatch and then scoop them out and put them in the grow-out tank?