Fungus Growing On Actively Hatching Eggs

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FUNGUS GROWING ON ACTIVELY HATCHING PLECO EGGS: Advice please?

Hey guys,

My bristlenose albinos got mature enough to produce their first eggs! It's been four days since the eggs were laid, and I'm seeing a few little tails wiggling out. The problem is, my male pleco didn't stay with the eggs to fan them and fungus is taking over!

These guys had three caves to choose from but they laid the eggs on the side of the heater and the eggs fell into the gravel. Because of other fish in the tank as well as poor water flow/ circulation, I moved the eggs into a breeder box with a bubbler in it.

I saw the first tail movement last night, but since I left for work this morning, there is a quite noticible increase in the amount of white fuzzy fungus in the egg clutch.

I have never had fish lay eggs before, so there's a lot that I don't know. I am wondering if it is possible to safely remove the eggs covered in fungus without harming the healthy eggs and how to go about it if it can be done. I am also wondering if the fungus can grow on the yolk surrounding the otherwise healthy wigglers. I worry because I have read that they need to absorb the yolk in their first few days before beggining to swim about.

I think I see fungus growing on some of their tails too! Can any of these eggs/fry be saved? Please see the attached s showing the fungus growth.
 

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