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rjordan390 09-13-2012 10:37 PM

Kribensis (Pelvicachromis pulcher)
After over 15 views on the ciclid forum I have not received an opinion on whether I can sucessfully keep a pair of kribs in a 75 gallon community tank which contains 22 fish consisting of platys, corys, danios, ottos and one betta. I would like either two males or two females. What are the chances? I would accept a male and female but I would donate the offspring when they are old enough. The tank contains plants and driftwood.

Freshcatch 09-14-2012 02:54 PM

The quick answer is "Yes" you can keep a pair of Krib's in a 75 gallon community tank. HOWEVER, this is an African Cichlid, and as you well know they can be aggressive with other species, and may enjoy a snack of Beta tail. They will be extremely aggressive with protecting their territory during mating and guarding their fry. You could expect some losses of fish if you decide to keep a male and a female that have paired together. They also become aggressive toward their own kind once they have paired and in smaller tanks, will kill the other kribs. A pair in a 20 gallon would be the smallest tank to keep on a permanent basis. Each Krib has their own personality and I have had males kill females and vice versa after breeding. It is best to separate them after the fry become free swimming or when the female kicks the male out of the nest. Ok, this is getting longer than I intended it to be..... :demented:

rjordan390 09-14-2012 03:30 PM

Since I do not really want them to spawn; its best I consider either two males or two females.
I read that the females are more colorful. Is that correct?

Freshcatch 09-14-2012 04:28 PM

Yes that is correct. They are smaller than the male, but more colorful. The female may not have the spots on the tail fin as pronounced as the male, but her overall color is better especially when breeding.

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