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iamntbatman 06-22-2008 03:56 PM

Those Krazy Kribs
So recently I moved my breeding kribensis pair from their 20g tank into the new 29 gallon tank. I thought I did a fantastic aquascaping job on this tank: I used a whole bunch of red-brown shale along the entire back wall of the tank, creating ten or so different caves. Many of the caves are along the floor but some are located higher up in the rock work. some have both a front and back entrance, but others are can only be entered from one side. Should be a cave spawner's heaven, right?

...Wrong. After being in the tank for a day and slowly exploring every cave in the tank, the kribs decided to make their own cave by excavating a tunnel under a piece of driftwood out in front of all of the rockwork.

Cody 06-22-2008 04:13 PM

Lol. My Kribs use the one cave I have in my 30G over and over. Funny that yours will take none. :lol:

Have they actually had a spawn? My pair has been "trying" since like February or March now. Stll nothing! But I dont mind for now; I got 5 platy fry I got to get rid of first.

iamntbatman 06-22-2008 04:39 PM

It was impossible to see into the cave that my kribs used in their old 20g, so I'm not sure how many times they actually spawned. Just over a month ago they had free-swimming fry that are now anywhere from a half inch to almost an inch. Only in the past week or so have the parents given up on protecting the fry. The fry mostly stick together in a loose school but some are more adventurous. It was really funny because I have a couple of young golden wonder killies in the 29g that were immediately interested in the krib fry after I moved them into their tank. One gave up quick, but the other spent at least a couple hours stalking the kribs. He finally lunged at one, and the little krib turned around and taught him a lesson! Now the killies have decided to leave them alone and just stick to begging for food up at the top of the tank.

Hopefully, the krib fry will be big enough to sell to the LFS soon so I can use the credit towards some sort of dwarf cichlid (not a pair this time!) for the old 20g. I'm thinking either a single apisto or a nannacara cichlid.

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