My Kribensis keep dieing
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Cichlids » My Kribensis keep dieing

My Kribensis keep dieing

This is a discussion on My Kribensis keep dieing within the Cichlids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Ive recently started my tropical fish tank about 4 weeks ago, I ve had community fish before, but thought Id try something more challenging ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Red Top Zebra
Red Top Zebra
Electric Yellow Cichlids
Electric Yellow Cichlids
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
My Kribensis keep dieing
Old 04-17-2010, 02:04 AM   #1
 
My Kribensis keep dieing

Ive recently started my tropical fish tank about 4 weeks ago, I ve had community fish before, but thought Id try something more challenging so cichlids were my decision. I cycled my tank (80 litres) for a week before I added two kribensis and a convict. The convict has grown beautifully and is now about 7 centimetres long. The kribensis were about 5. Then the other day one died. I checked the ph and it was all fine. The temp was about 25-26 degrees so all good there too. I thought maybe hed had health problems when I got him so I bought another one. Not long after the other one died. I now have one left and he looks nice and active etc but ive notised that when he eats he spits food out through his gills? Is this normal? They are fed Daphnia, blood worms, flakes and sometimes pellets. I added a gold severum, firemouth, hillstream loach and bristlenose. These guys all get along fine. Then the bristlenose died too. When I had community fish I could never keep bristlenoses alive either. Im feeding algae wafers and have heard that driftwood helps but from experience that stains the water yellow? The firemouth, severum, convict and loach are growing at a good rate and the colours get better every day.

Any advice anyone?
Wolfe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2010, 11:03 AM   #2
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping.

Convict cichlids can be aggressive with other fish, and the kribs may be too close a relative (also a cichlid). Certainly keeping more than one species of cichlid in a 20g (80 litre) aquarium is not recommended. So, adding a Firemouth and Gold Severum (more cichlids) in so small a space is bound to cause problems. Severums grow to 8 inches which is way too large for a 20g even when they are juveniles; they need water space/quality to grow healthily. They may appear to get along fine now, but this is sure to change as the fish settle in and their instincts and behaviours develop.

I believe BN plecos need wood to rasp. Once cured (soaked, boiled) wood will not discolour water. If you want to keep plecos I recommend a couple pieces of wood.

I am not a cichlid expert, so until one of our members who is comes along, my suggestion is to decide on which small cichlid you want, and acquire a pair (male/female). A pair of convicts would be fine in a 20g, with a pleco. Or a pair of Firemouths, but this may be pushing it [I'll let the experts comment]. Or just a pair of kribs.

Last comment on cycling, I don't know how you managed this in only a week, but there is good info on cycling in this article that is a sticky at the head of the Freshwater Aquariums section:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/
And a companion article on fish stocking may be helpful:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...tocking-38626/

Byron.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2010, 11:22 AM   #3
 
findingjohn's Avatar
 
I would get a pair of kribs. Look on line for the type of fish you would like to keep. This forum just came out with new things. Check it out. I also started keeping cichilds. The fish should all come from the same lake. They say the more in the aquarium the better it eill be for all the fish.
findingjohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2010, 02:29 AM   #4
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
Even a pleco is a risky fish to keep with convicts as they can be pretty nasty. Have you witnessed any aggression between the convict and the other fish? I suspect he's the culprit.
iamntbatman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP!!!!! My fish looks like he's dieing chris55 Freshwater and Tropical Fish 23 03-08-2009 10:43 AM
Fish Are Dieing xcracer Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 3 01-12-2009 06:37 PM
Angel dieing - please help! michelleandbrett Saltwater Fish Diseases 6 12-20-2008 12:54 PM
HELP!!! dieing betta! sickbettaneedshelp Tropical Fish Diseases 4 07-02-2008 11:05 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:55 AM.