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blueblue48 05-18-2008 04:17 PM

My kribs finally had babies!
well after being in there 20 gallon for a month or 2 I hadnt seen too much activity and the male seemed to be not in the mood because of his dull color but i guess not! i went down there today and saw about 20-25 little clear/dotted krib fry yay! anyways I hadnt thought it would happen this soon so im not sure on what to do now? any help would be great.
Im uploading a video so you can see the parents and tank now so ill show you that later.

iamntbatman 05-18-2008 06:12 PM

My kribs just had their first batch of fry as well. I have two other threads on here about it. So far, I've pretty much just let nature run its course. For the first few days, I took a shot glass and the handle of an exacto knife and ground up a mixture of flakes, shrimp pellets and algae wafers into a dust. I took a pile about the size of an advil tablet of the powder and mixed it in another shot glass with a little tank water. I used an eyedropper to suck the stuff up and squirt it at the fry. It was sort of difficult to really see if they were eating it at first, but I guess it's worked out. I fed them on this mixture for about 5 days or so. Since then, I've just been using ground flake. My flakes have a decent amount of algae content and the adult kribs didn't seem to be big fans of algae wafers, so I thought this would work best. The fry seem to pretty much constantly peck at the substrate, plants, ornaments, rocks etc as their parents take them around the tank.

Lately the parents have been sort of fighting with each other over the fry but I'm not completely worried.

Other than feeding, my first concern would be: what else do you have in the tank? Some fish might be willing to fight your kribs to get at the fry.

blueblue48 05-18-2008 07:50 PM

great to hear thats normal, i heard kribs are omnivores and like meat as well as algae which makes sense because my babies also pick on the glass on plants in the substrate and the top of the cave. Dont worry about other fish this is a species only tank just the mommy and daddy hanging out in there. I heard that its fine to leave the babies be until the parents decide they want another batch, when that happens ill move the babies to there own 20 gal.
Heres a vid so you can see the fry better:

iamntbatman 05-18-2008 08:56 PM

From what I've read, if the parents are alone in the tank with the fry, the lack of any threat from predators can sometimes kind of drive the parents nuts and one will turn on the other. Having other fish in the tank supposedly reduces the chances that this will happen, but like I said, I have plenty of other fish in the tank and my krib parents still argue. If it gets real nasty, you can move one of the parents to another tank.

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