That is fabulous!
My Clownfishes (Mac & Cheese) have just nested again this month, and this one looks to be a doozie.
Last month they hatched maybe 10 little babies... because of low fertility.
Before that they had been eating all the eggs for a long time, or just not nesting for a while.
(A lull in breeding activity is normal sometimes.)
This time it looks like the managed to have a couple of hundred good eggs.
Now... nothing will come of it regardless. The community tank is not a proper environment to raise fry.
Fry raising is hard business that takes a ton of work and several tanks of pretty much microscopic live foods brewing to achieve.
I'm not into that.
Plus their preferred nesting site is on a stationary surface that cannot be removed to a safe tank for hatching.
Fry are food for the tank basically... or get filtered into the pumps.
It's a tough world... even in a secure artificial one where meals are free and guaranteed .
But it lets me know that my old fish are still in top shape.
And their parenting/nest antics are cute.
The male really tends the nest, the female not so much... She mostly just meanders around and eats and makes a new big belly full of eggs for the next nest after those hatch.
Unlike portrayed in the movie Finding Nemo, once the fry hatch the parents are DONE.
They will eat the little fry boogers just like every other fish until they get big enough to be a recognizable juvenile fish.
Most breeders keep the parents in a situation where they have a flat tile to lay on and then remove the tile when hatch is imminent if they plant to raise the fry.
I'm hoping this time I will actually get to see a few hatch...
Last time I new they were close. I could see eyes and wiggling, but they tend to hatch in the dark and their weren't very many of them so...
Geez... now I almost want to set up some rotifers tanks and raise baby nemos... I just don't know what I would do with them all.
Trade them to a pet store for credit I guess?
It would be good practice for if I ever wanted to raise some fancy fry later.