Krib Spousal Abuse while Raising Fry
I first noticed my Krib fry become free-swimming about a week ago. Ever since, the pair have been going to a small castle ornament with the brood at night to rest and have been escorting them on feeding excursions around the tank all day. The fry have been steadily growing. The parents had been doing a great job of keeping my other fish from snagging any of the fry. Just now, when I looked at my tank, I noticed that the female had driven off the male. He keeps trying to protect the group of fry but whenever he gets too close, the female viciously attacks him. He's hanging out on the other side of a log ornament from her, but he has one tiny fry that's stuck with him instead of with its mom. Is there anything I can do to get these two to get along? My stupid cories are pretty oblivious so I really think both parents are needed to keep them away from the fry.
They must be battling over custody rights, because I noticed that the male has maybe a dozen of the fry hidden in a small cave, while the rest are with the female. Is this common?
While I was out running some errands, apparently the male won a custody lawsuit (or maybe just beat the stuffing out of the female) because now he's watching over most of the fry and she's sulking in a corner with about ten little guys. When are they going to fall back in love or just stay together for the kids?
I believe what you are witnessing is normal behavior, at least from all of my experiences. I guess it's safe to say that the honeymoon is over, eh?
I've read about this sort of thing happening with kribs, but most accounts of it are usually when the kribs are kept alone in a tank with no other fish. I've read that without the threat from potential predators, often one parent will turn on the other. I, however, have a bunch of cories that aren't exactly the brightest crayons in the box and often wander headfirst into the pile of krib fry only to be chased away. I guess they don't ever learn (my gouramis have!).
I don't have another tank suitable to move one of the parents to at the moment, but I don't think I'll need to do that anyway as the female is simply avoiding the male and the fry at this point.
Also, in a bit I plan on setting up a bigger community tank that I wanted to move the kribs to. Is there any chance on moving the pair (and the fry) into a bigger tank and having them reunite? It would really suck if this is the first and last time my kribs will spawn.
Once the fry are out of the picture they should reunite. You may want to try taking the female out of the tank until the fry are all grown up. When the male is ready to mate again you can put the female back in and the male should accept her.
Hmm. Yesterday, it seems like they put the past behind them and started patrolling the fry around together again. This continued until just a couple hours ago, and now they're fighting again. I really don't have a place to put either parent at the moment (I don't even wanna know what would happen if I put one of them in my other tank with the dwarf puffers and tiger barbs), plus it isn't clear which parent has really taken over care of the fry. It's like a protracted custody battle in a Lifetime made-for-TV movie, I swear. Oh...right as I finished this post, they're on friendly terms again. What gives?
Typical married couple. lol
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