Hi I havent posted in a while but it feels good to be back :D
So my question is if I would be able to keep a pair of kribensis dwarf cichlids in my 10 gallon. Some people have told me yes, some no, so I'd like to hear what you guys think
A trio, 1M/2F, might be better. Provide plenty of hiding places for the females in the event that the male becomes aggressive and wants to breed and they females are unaccepting.
So you are saying its ok to put a trio in my 10 gallon?
And from what I've read it seems better to keep a pair because the females with fight.
The females probably won't fight, but will compete for the male's attention. A trio increases the likelihood that you'll get a pair to form. Also, the extra female can serve as an outlet for the aggression of the pair once it forms. You might have to remove the extra female after the pair forms in order to prevent her from being killed. Having some sort of threatening fish will help increase your chances that your pair, should they breed, will stay together in order to protect their eggs and fry from potential predators. I've read over and over again that kribs kept without other fish will eventually turn on each other while raising the fry. My breeding pair definitely got into arguments with one another while raising their fry, but they were in a community tank with other fish and stayed together and raised their young together.
I think you'll be ok with the kribs in a 10g, but once they start breeding you're going to need a bigger tank or a second tank in order to grow your fry out to sellable size.
Ok so then is there another fish that I coulld put in the tank with them that could keep the pair together even after they breed? That isn't another female krib?
You don't want a bottom dweller, but you don't want a top dweller either. My corydoras catfish don't get the hints when the kribs try to chase them away from the fry and I'm pretty sure a decent number of the fry were eaten by the cories. You also don't want anything too aggressive (i.e. something that will fight back) because you'll have a loser of that fight, and it probably won't be the kribs. I suggest something that won't actually be a threat yet will be seen as a threat by the kribs and yet can also easily get away from the kribs if they're attacked. Tetras, rasboras and some of the less pugnacious barbs might work well.
Ok but wont the kribs kill the tetras especially during breeding time?
I don't think so. The tetras shouldn't aggressively try to go after the fry and they're fast enough to get away from the kribs. The kribs don't just get "aggressive" when they breed; it's better to think of them as just defending their eggs and fry. Once the other fish swim away, the kribs will stop bugging them. If you notice any tetras start to get torn fins and whatnot, you can always remove them.
So I ended up getting a pair and the guy picked out a male and a female but he didnt vent them, so I did when I got home and I think I have two females but im not quite sure. Anyways one seems to dominate the other and the other kinda hides. So Im not sure exactly what to do
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