The water is supposed to go down through her gills and force the babies out the mouth.
The way my friend does it:
1. Get the turkey baster coated in tank water, inside and out, including bulb.
2. Place mom into the tube of the baster face first.
3. Place bulb on baster.
4. Slowly suck up some tank water into the baster.
5. Place baster over filled plastic tub or fry tank, gently squeeze bulb.
6. Watch babies shoot out the front of the baster. Repeat as necessary.
7. Place mom back in other tank.
the first time i tried it, i used my fingernail, and the edge of a q-tip and in the end got it right. I think she got tired of me losing my grip on her that she just spit them out. it is so darn difficult to hold them. So this turkey baster is next on my agenda.
i have a tiny baster i got in a test kit that works perfect as the end fits into their mouths. I only use this technique for last few in each batch, the ones that are deep her belly are hard to get to the front. I find it works best to just hold her mouth open with a toothpick 1/2 and hold her in a way to let gravity let the fry fall out and i dip her mouth in the water repeatedly.
This is really only a good method for very small fish, but it works wonderfully as long as you don't try to do a larger fish. I used it on my polit and demasoni females when they were about 1.5 inches, but wouldn't use it for a fish much larger than that.
I also submerge the baster in the tank water I plan to release the fry into and hold it there (without the bulb on the end, of course) with my left hand, then slide the female in face down with my right.
Squeeze the bulb gently, by the 3rd or 4th squeeze, the fry will start to shoot out the baster...Just make sure you aren't so close to the bottom or squeezing so hard that you bounce them off the bottom of the tank. :thumb: