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10-02-2007, 02:30 AM
my pair of kribs look like they are going to breed again very soon so im going to seperate them from my other fish and was wondering if i could put my female guppies in with them?
i had them by themselves when i first got them but they were to scared to come out into the open as there were no other fish in the tank with them. i thought the guppies would help them feel more comfortable
10-02-2007, 02:34 AM
Well from what i heard...the kribs will either keep them to the other side of the tank or kill them. So you have a 50% chance of them getting killed.
10-02-2007, 02:50 AM
thats what i thought but then i also read somewhere that putting some other fish in with them would help them settle in? im not sure, i do know that i wont be putting any bristlenose plecos in there as thats what ate their last batch of eggs.
10-02-2007, 03:37 AM
Squirt im not sure where you got your info but it isn`t quite right..The kribs will NOT keep to themselves. I think a guppy might work since it stays on top but it isn`t that tough of a fish. But as long as it doesn`t go where the kribs are breeding(theyll take 75% of the tank) then it might stay alive. Honestly, id be scared of putting a guppy in with them.
If you read that they like fish to ``settle in`` a tank, it isn`t true. They usually are bred in a species only tank, or like in my case, with other touch cihlid(s). If you do put them in with other fish id be careful with loaches, bichirs, catfish(mostly plecos) and maybe really big cichlids like angels that could take down the kribs since they would happily eat any eggs.
10-02-2007, 03:52 AM
thanks for the replys, ill just keep them in a tank by themselves by the sounds of things. dont want to be responsible for them killing other fish!
12-19-2007, 07:10 PM
hey, second batch of my kribs fry, first time they died coz I didnt have anything to feed them, my new lot have just been hatched, I heard that if there were no other fish in the tank with them then they would take their agression out on eachother and could end up killing one another, i dont know if this is true but just wondered if it was? at the moment I have them in a small tank with a few danios, if it is true that they need other fish in there with them I think they would be better than guppies, they're a bit more hardy.
12-19-2007, 07:43 PM
It is a great idea to keep some 'dither' fish with dwarfs when breeding especially kribs as they are fantastic parents.
It gives them a greater brood feeling and makes them take care of the young much better.. guppies are not at great a risk as they swim nearly always on the surface and are a lot faster than kribs.... as long as the guppies don't swim down to the brood (can't see that happening) it would be a good thing to do
12-19-2007, 08:59 PM
Yup, I would add some female guppies. They are hardy yet not fast enough to snatch the eggs away from the parents. Plus, if you also add male guppies, the fry will make good conditioning food for the kribs.
12-27-2007, 05:44 PM
Wow I don't know why fishalicious thinks kribs aren't fast enough to catch guppies but my kribs are fast enough to catch GIANT DANIOS. Although I am new to breeding kribs I have been told, they don't need to "settle in " when taking care of fry,but it is a good idea to have some "dither fish" so that they feel slightly threatened,which causes they're parental instinct to kick in and they will be less likely to eat the fry
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