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Opposite tank? Mad Krib, what am I doing wrong!?
Old 08-20-2014, 11:39 PM   #21
 
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Deathly/scary/stunning encounter

Update! So when I got home I watched the tank for a bit, pretty much the same amount of aggression except now he goes after the Gourami too! I took the girls out, no change in behavior, so I rearranged the plants so more were in the substrate, again no change. Well I only have so many tanks so I realized I can't put just 2 female Bettas in a 10 gallon, so I put one in the 10 gallon and the other in my Male Betta Liam's tank. Of course I removed him! Unfortunately with no tank room left, I had to put him in the 30 hoping that his size would be enough to keep the Krib away. Warning: graphic content! NEVER PUT A MALE BETTA WITH A KRIB! Liam as usual, was calm with the other community fish including the Gourami and Angel, but when he saw the Krib it was like a showdown of good vs evil! He quickly swam over to the Krib and flared like I'd never seen, the Krib seemed very intimidated. After about 30 seconds of flaring the blood bath began. It happened all so fast, I was left gaping! Liam was trying to fight like a Betta, but the Krib was fighting like a Cichlid (lip locking), it was a huge ball of fury! Liam had a past in a community tank at Petco with Rams and Flag Cichlids, when I got him his fins were very torn because of it. It was not the first time he fought with a Cichlid. I know I shouldn't say this, but the way Liam defended himself was actually very amazing, but also scary. That was the first fight I had seen where a fish actually defended himself against the Krib. Liam was only in there 1 minute max, had to get him out ASAP! Liam is now back in his old tank happy as ever; he's very tough and has unfortunately been through worse (thanks Petco). So what I learned today is that Kribs and Bettas are NOT compatible! I removed the bigger female that kept getting herself in trouble with the Krib, but had to leave the smaller in. Hope she can hold her own tonight until I figure out what to do. I never realized how laid back Rams were for Cichlids until now! Kind of regret getting a Krib now. I may exchange him and try a GBR again. Don't really know what to say after this, don't really have any questions, but feel free to drop opinions or Q's! Still in shock!

Edit: Now he's really ticking me off! He's chasing my poor innocent Molly fry everywhere and Molly momma, Harlequins and astonishingly sometimes my Oto! Maybe I should've left Liam in there to kick his butt.... *Joke*

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Old 08-21-2014, 10:45 AM   #22
 
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I read that if they're being overly aggressive that it could be from territories not being set up with decorations and plants correctly. How do I set it up correctly? I didn't think there was a specific way I had do it
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:23 PM   #23
 
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I think I'll just start a different thread about it.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:59 PM   #24
 
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Why? You changed the tank around and it didnt work. So the only think that might work is make it a heavily planted tank.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:00 PM   #25
 
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He attacked the Angel, so I'm thinking if he has enough guts to do that than he's insane. Probably going to take him back to the petstore tomorrow. I had really hoped that it'd work! I actually just recently learned that they are an African Cichlid, honestly that should've been a warning for me right there. I'm more disappointed in myself than the Krib because of my lack of research on the fish I bought, and the fact that it's not my first overly aggressive fish. I've returned so many fish to Petco by now, I actually know the manager there! I may try Rams again, never realized how peaceful they are.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:28 PM   #26
 
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Kribs are usually one of the most peaceful cichlids. So there most be a major problem going on. I would just get rid of it and not get a ram.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:48 PM   #27
 
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He also repetitively tried to eat my plants. I'm just going to go with what I've had before and stop trying to get fish I haven't kept. Now that I think about it, all of the fish that were new to me were the ones that were aggressive in my tank (were's everywhere!) . I was actually trying to look for a pattern in all of this, that may be it. If I would've loved to keep him, but I don't think he'd like a 10 gallon full of Guppies, plus I wouldn't feel safe with him in there. Thanks for helping me with my "peaceful fish" problems!
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:53 PM   #28
 
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*I would've loved to keep him*. Sorry for the confusion!
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:46 PM   #29
 
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I'm kind of thinking about getting a couple Silver Dollars, and maybe grow them to full size in my 30, then put them in my 75 gallon. I've never had them with live plants though, do they really eat them to the stem within minutes? If they eat the plants like they're a delicacy, I think I'll just skip them then. I can't just put 2 baby Silver Dollars in my 75 because the fish in there are huge, and for some reason my Angelfish in the 75 isn't fond of Silver Dollars.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:46 AM   #30
 
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Silver dollars eat plants. They are also a schooling fish (i believe) so 5-6 minimum.
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