You are welcome Willow
ok,they are free swimming now.Wierd thing happened yesterday.I noticed the male was guarding well over half the clutch in a clay pot about 4 inches away from the female.The last time they spawned, she would not let him near them.He also ate some last time before I could remove him. Around dinner time, I peeked in and he had all but two in his clay pot and she was guarding the other two. I stayed and observed for a while and it turns out that he was not letting her near them this time.
To add to that, when she would swim into the pot, he would bite her and drive her off.
. He was promptly removed . To add to that,this morning when I fed her, the fry ball was small,too small.
. I guess before I removed him, he had LOVINGLY ate over half of the fry
He also did not eat his food last night.He had a full belly of babies. This male is soooo
Here is a few pics of what is left of the fry. At least there is still some.