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Thread: Anyone experienced with Kribs?
01-26-2013, 12:56 AM #1
Anyone experienced with Kribs?
A little prelude: I've been attempting to get Bolivian rams for a while unsuccessfully. Now I'm thinking of just giving up and getting Kribensis. However, one thing that has been worrying me are mixed reports of Krib's behavior during spawning and fry raising. Many people say they get really aggressive and harm their community tank mates, while others say that they remain peaceful. Does anyone on the AC have experience with spawning Kribs in community settings? Any advice or tip is greatly appreciated.
01-26-2013, 04:52 AM #2
First of all, raising kribs in a community tank is nearly impossible. If you are indeed to breed them, please provide separate tank, and your question will be resolved. Second, even though each fish has it own unique "character", just like people do, aggressive behaviour is normal and natural for any spawn protective species, please accept it.
01-27-2013, 08:38 PM #3
I don't want to breed them, but since I would like a pair spawning will likely be inevitable.
The question was a bit stupidly worded. you are completely right in that all cichlids will defend their young. however,
it is indisputable that many keep dwarf cichlids in community tanks, and that some dwarfs are more aggressive than others. my question
would be whether kribs are one of the more peaceful dwarf cichlids or not.
01-27-2013, 08:56 PM #4Junior Member Guppy
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I think that depends on the personality of the fish. I've been told that Kribs will for sure be aggressive. But how aggressive they will be is based on the individual. They can either keep a small safe zone or take over an entire tank or any range in between.
I just had a pair that spawned for me for the first time this past week. Today I noticed free swimming fry for the first time. I counted 32-35 of them. Yes, the parents of aggressive, very aggressive. But luckily for me the range of aggression is only about 6-8" diameter. I have standard 55 gallon tank. They stop giving chase after that and return to their young. Both parents are equally protective. I think the key is with their companions. They should be curious enough to attempt for come near but need to be speedy enough for the escape. This will keep the parents busy defending their area which comes natural to them, and keeps them from attacking each other. I haven't had any deaths or injuries yet.
Prior to them spawning, they were both very peaceful and colorful fish. Especially the female.
01-27-2013, 09:11 PM #5
Now I got your point :) I kept rams and cribs in community tanks, and since cribs were super-productive and ready to spawn each month with all related consequences, their behaviour was more aggressive. It seems to me that 99% of crib's behaviour is subject to reproduction issues: if they are not spawning - they look for a a potentially good place for it, and this process is endless. Rams were rather indifferent with rare spawning. Therefore, compared to others, cribs might seem more aggressive, but not fatally ofcourse.
01-27-2013, 10:44 PM #6
don't get a pair?
nothing wrong with getting a single krib.
that is my plan for my 40b set up.
01-28-2013, 09:36 AM #7
If they have their own area i have found generally they are able to get the fry free swimming without too much damage to other fish. Unfortunately chances of survival of the fry are close to zero after that. I have only raised krib fry once in community and that pair was particularly careful and the tank was heavily planted. Since then have been 100% unsuccessful with several other pairs that i keep just because they are a great fish in breeding colours. If you don't have a specific buyer its often great to see them dig, lay and protect and obviously the colours are great too. Generally they will chases intruders far enough away from their cave and leave them, by a persistent father may do a bit more damage in a smaller thank6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.
5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank