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First timers: A larger male paired up with a relatively young JD female who laid eggs. I removed their tankmates as they were behaving quite territorial and was worried about the fry being eaten or the tankmates being beat up. It's been about 4 days and the eggs haven't hatched- some are white. Looks like they failed. Should I just leave the two in the tank alone and wait until they spawn again? Or should I put a fish or two back ? How long might it be until the female lays eggs again?
 

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It would say that your male didn't fertilize them you could wait up to two months for them to do it again. I have never heard of JDs spawning that soon after. What size tank and what are you planning to do with your JDs?
 

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I’ve been spawning a lot of Dempseys in the last couple years in pursuits of breeding Blue ones…

My eggs usually hatch at around 72~84 hours (3~3.5 days)… I keep my water at about 80~82*F… in colder water it will take a bit longer…

The fertilized eggs turn reddish brown… funguses eggs turn white… unfertilized eggs get funguses really easily… I believe unfertilized eggs remain creamy in color…

If you are using an adult male and a young adult female I would suspect your male would have no problem fertilizing all the eggs…

I bet by this time tomorrow you have wigglers…

If the clutch does fail… I’ve had them spawn again as soon as 2 weeks later… and I’ve had them take months to try again…
 
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