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Hi, I'm not sure if this is the best thread for this topic but I'm hoping I can get some good advice. 

I have two common goldfish that laid eggs all over the tank a few days ago. It was a surprise that I wasn't prepared for but I decided to try and raise the fry anyway. They should be hatching today but nothing is happening and many of them are succumbing to fungus. I feel I've made a lot of mistakes:

First, I couldn't move my fish from the tank so I tried to gently collect as many eggs as possible and I placed them into a breeder basket. I did not try to separate the unfertilized eggs because I didn't want to mess with them too much and was naively underestimating the risk of fungus.

Two days later I started noticing the unfertilized eggs were looking whiter and possible a little fuzzy so I treated the tank with Pimafix. I still did not try to remove the dead eggs, but the fertilized eggs were definitely developing. I could see the eyes forming and the lines wrapping around the eggs. In my eagerness to see how they were developing I kept removing eggs from the basket and putting them in a bowl to see them better, and the eggs in the basket were getting swished around quite a bit because I was fussing over it maybe too much.

Yesterday, the third day I saw the fuzz. Some of the dead eggs were sticking to the live ones. I spent quite a bit of time taking out all of the infected/dead eggs I could find using a turkey baster I lost a few fertilized eggs in this process because I knew that once they had fuzz on them there wouldn't be any saving them. All of the eggs got pretty jostled around in this process, and I was worried I was handling them too much. The strangest thing was that I found an egg that looked like it was in the process of hatching; the tail of the fry looked like it was hanging out of the egg. I decided to keep it in the white bowl and keep an eye on it so I could tell if it was truly hatching. 

Then, this morning I woke up to find the "hatching" egg was exactly as I had left it. It was almost like the fry had died coming out of the egg, but I don't know if this is accurate because I don't know what hatching fish eggs are supposed to look like. Even more worrisome was the fact that I found more eggs infected with fungus, so I spent more time meticulously picking out bad eggs and rustling up all the good eggs in the process. At this point I decided to move the eggs from the tank. I found a white dish pan and dug an old, small filter out of storage. I put half tank water and half fresh water in the pan and treated it with some Seachem Stability and Prime. I placed the whole breeder basket into the bin to protect the eggs from the filter's water flow.

Nothing else seems to be happening at this point. I know that it could be a couple more days for the hatching to begin, but with all of the mistakes I made, I don't know if I will see any fry at all. So I was wondering if any experienced breeders could read through this and correct me, or tell me if there is anything else I should do from this point?


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  • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
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    • * Nitrate level(Tank)  If you have a test kit, take these readings before you do a water change. If you don't have a test kit and can't get one immediately, please take samples of tank and tap water to your fish /pet store and request a test. Demand numbers for each test.
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