I just recently (i.e. less than a week ago) moved my kribensis pair and their month-old fry into a new tank. The fry have some good size on them but not all of them even have their adult colors yet. Problem is, my pair has already built themselves a cave by burrowing out the sand under a piece of driftwood. Unlike their previous cave in the old tank, I can actually see into this one. Once again...eggs!
My question is: the eggs are clearly white in color. A very opaque white. From what I've read, the eggs are usually supposed to be slightly orangish. Does this mean the eggs weren't fertilized?
The eggs should turn darker within 2-3 days of being laid. If they remain white, they are infertile and should be removed to prevent any spread of fungus.
Hmm ok. To be honest I wish they had waited at least a little while for more kids...
So....am I a monster?
I had a long chat with the girlfriend about the kribs. She tells me that there's no way I'm going to be able to grow out the current batch of fry to sellable size if the parents are already working on their next batch. Those little guys are already beginning to show a little bit of an attitude (they argue over food sometimes amongst themselves) so I'm afraid with that many kribs in one tank with a breeding pair...like I said....I was really looking forward to a period of relative peace.
Enough skirting the issue. I took the piece of driftwood with the eggs out of the tank and moved it back into the kribs' old 20g, home to a very hungry mystery snail and some peppered cories. I figure if they eat the eggs overnight, that's not as bad as if I had destroyed them myself. Right?
I feel so bad for the krib parents though...they're swimming around the tank confused and sad looking. If the female just laid eggs last night, how soon will it be before she lays more? I won't mind more fry in the future but this was just too soon after the last batch.
I wouldn't say you're a monster. It would have been far worse to allow the fry to hatch out and then kill them accidentally (and possibly the older fry too) because you couldn't provide adequate space for raising them.
However, it would seem the moral thing in this situation to split up the krib pair to prevent any further breeding until you are ready for more fry.
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