View Full Version : How to make Baby Kribensis??

03-08-2007, 01:21 AM
Hi there,
My kribs look ready to spawn, is there any way I can trigger them into doing it? I did a water change last night and provided a few more caves. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


p.s. I posted this in another thread but didn`t get a response, any ideas please... I want babies...

Once again


03-08-2007, 02:04 AM
water changes and caves are great

small fry
03-08-2007, 12:20 PM
Some frozen bloodworms (http://www.e-aquarium.com.au/black-blood-worm.htm) to condition them before the water change can help also. Kribensis won't lay to many eggs so it is not hard to miss it. Often you will not know they have spawned until you see babies swimming back into the mouth after you catch them by surprise.

Lady Hobbs
03-16-2007, 12:57 PM
Some species breed better in warmer water. I don't know what yours is set at but warmer water increases metabolism. You don't want to raise it over and above what your particular species require, tho.

03-16-2007, 01:15 PM
Any live foods will help any fish spawn, I generally try using brine shrimp or bloodworms as 'small fry' mentioned.

03-18-2007, 07:59 PM
Thanks folks for your help, I now have about 40 baby Kribs. Now for the next question..... how should I care for them with food. Im currently hatching some brine shrimp but that will take 24hrs. I put some really fine crushed flake into the tank meanwhile.. Any other things I should do??



03-18-2007, 08:06 PM
crushed flakes and brineshrimp work good. Ive seen wal-mart carry little tubes of baby fry food for 4 bucks. Its like a liquid with tiny pieces of nummies.

03-22-2007, 12:33 AM
I`ve been feeding them newly hatched brine shrimp and crushed flake. They are growing bigger by the day... Water quality is hard to control, any suggestions? I`m doing a 25%-50% change daily..

04-17-2007, 12:26 AM
All my first batch of kribs have died. But......

I now have a new batch a week old and out of 120 or so little ones there are 40.... should I remove male and Female Big fish to allow Nursery to thrive???

Please help

Lady Hobbs
04-17-2007, 03:50 AM
You should probably be using a seasoned sponge filter for babies. Other filters are too strong for them. But if you're using a HOTB, tie some nylon or gauze around the uplift tube.

In any births, only a percentage lives. But I would definitely remove the parents as soon as I see wigglers.

04-21-2007, 12:14 AM
Last night I wanted to try to move the adults. Unfortunately, the babies were all asleep under the female on top of a rock and therefore couldn't bring myself to do it. Tonight they moved leaving a nursery tank for the happy 13 babies. All are about 1mm-1.5mm in length and feeding like mad. Felt a bit hard having to move mum and dad but it was essential for the babes to grow on. One thing I did notice was that mum, who was well coloured up and looking to spawn again, on entering the new tank, lost all her scarlet colouring completely, and instantly.

Fed plenty of food in new tank for them to settle in with the community.
Feeling a bit low though and slightly scared what I did wasn`t the right thing to do.

Will keep you all updated.


04-24-2007, 01:17 AM
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04-25-2007, 01:47 AM
Anyone here actually interested???:19: :11:

04-25-2007, 02:30 AM
Anyone here actually interested???:19: :11:

i am. keep em' coming!

05-23-2007, 12:47 AM
Where do I start??

Firstly Mum and Dad are back in Nursery tank. My baby kribletts are now in the community tank. They have grown amazingly. Out of the 13 that were there when I moved Mum and Dad, 12 made the journey over to the community tank. They measure in at about 3cm now, and look a little like this...http://farm1.static.flickr.com/209/510142931_8d6c009356_b.jpg

As soon as the female krib hit the water in the Nursery, she coloured up like mad. I`ve never seen as deep a colour from her. He hit the water and started to dig while she watched and flirted with him. See for yourselves...

More to follow

05-23-2007, 01:07 AM
NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck with them

05-25-2007, 12:00 AM
Unreal & congratulations, they are such beautiful fish. When mine bred they had so many babies it was unbelievable, they're in a mixed tank but they had lots of hiding places and loved the oxygen weed. I left the babies with the parents and they protected them fiercely and chased other fish 1/2 way down the tank. I ended up semi-blocking of 1/2 of the tank and the babies grew really well. I ended up with about 20 and they're all hitting around 4-6cm now, so I'm upsizing my tank (since no one here wanted any that i advertised). I removed the divider from the tank when they all got to about 3cm's and they thrived. Now the mother is getting ready to breed again as her colour is bright & seems she's found another mate (I lost the dad).