I'm directing this mainly at Righty and anyone with experience hatching S. bandensis eggs.
My concern is that the dead coral to which the egg clutch (about 10 eggs) is attached has some long, thin white scavenging worms in it. I have also seen some little amphipods crawling on the eggs. Is it possible they could puncture or eat the eggs? It looks like the worms just kind of scour the surface, and the amphipods too. I'm nervous about detaching the eggs from the coral or moving them because they seem so delicate.
The mother seems to be taking care of the eggs somewhat by scooting down beside them and deliberately blasting them with jets of water from her siphon from time to time. I'd like to put the eggs in a plastic breeder basket until I can get the net kind, and suspend them from something so they can get better water flow and oxygen.
How long should I wait before doing this? Is having an airstone near the eggs going to cause problems for them? Should I trust the mother to care for them?
I think I'd have o snip the eggs off with scissors, they're in kind of an awkward position. I'm real scared I'm going to break them!
Thanks for any suggestions.