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lorax84 05-06-2013 02:30 PM

Kind of on a whim I picked up a pair of Kribs this weekend because I got a great deal. They are a mated pair and do not leave each others side. I read the profile but I have a few questions if anyone knows.

1. At what size are they ready to breed? (both are current 1.5")
2. Where do they breed? (rock, cave, substrate?)
3. What do they eat? ( I currently feed NLS and mysis)

Any other info would be great as well.

earthgirl 05-07-2013 09:10 PM

They are beautiful.

Tazman 05-07-2013 09:23 PM

Some mature faster than others, one way to tell though is the females belly will have a red color on it as she becomes mature and is in spawning mode.

The love plants and caves, caves are a kind of retreat for them if they feel threatened. I had flower pots as there "cave" when I had mine.
They will eat almost anything but what you are feeding them now is fine, add a few deshelled peas, carrot and lettuce and they will be even more happier.

They will spawn in a cave they feel comfortable in, the eggs are usually layed towards the top, female will stay with the eggs and the male will be guard. PLEASE NOTE - they are extremely aggressive and not easily pushed over when guarding a nest with eggs. They will not hesitate to go after fish 3-4 times their size to drive them away from the nest.

They make excellent parents and stay with the fry for weeks until they are old enough to defend themselves, if the female feels threatened she will herd the fry into the cave and stay there with the male on guard. Fry are usually seen free swimming with the parents in the morning hours, the female will check out the tank and make sure it is safe, she and the male will then go on a sightseeing trip with the little ones in tow. Any sign of aggression from other fish and its back to the cave and male in guard mode.

Hope this helps.

P.S to get them to breed if they havent done on their own, live worms (small amounts) and brine or mysis shrimp.

Captain Jim Dandy 05-08-2013 02:36 AM

I'm not the slickest on computer, but when I click on link you posted I get a narrow photo of rams, not kribensis?

lorax84 05-08-2013 12:38 PM


Originally Posted by Captain Jim Dandy (Post 1994553)
I'm not the slickest on computer, but when I click on link you posted I get a narrow photo of rams, not kribensis?

I didnt post a pic of my kribs. The pic you clicked on is an old pic of my Rams and it is in my signature.

Captain Jim Dandy 05-10-2013 04:10 AM

Kribs are not too finicky..they like a lot of things. I feed mine frozen brineshrimp, golden pearls,soggy flakefood,and bloodworms..if you aren't careful though, they will start spurning everything but the worms.And that is not healthy. When I'm in a hurry, I have NLS "cichlid grow", and NLS "cichlid formula" pellets that usually are gone soon, but they aren't crazy about them. Most of mine live in "cichlid stones or other ornaments..I like to grow some dwarf sag or vals and java moss for them to eat algea, peck at what have you. And Tazman is right-they should get some vegetable. Kribs are cool wit h me..I like em. I've tried to get some "Molowe" strain..but have little room.

lorax84 05-10-2013 11:51 AM

The tank they are in is planted with hairgrass and crypts. I added a cichlid stone today, we will see if they take to it. I took about a dozen pics of my kribs but only one came out half decent. The male is in the front and the female is right behind him.[

mcompagno 05-10-2013 03:14 PM

Uh oh...those look like they are both males. (Please post another picture of your female). The males can have pink bellys as well. I've had Kribs and those definitely both are males....elongated and no rounded belly on both of them.. Please post a better picture so I can confirm. Also, if they are both males, DO NOT add a female to the tank unless you want one of the males to be dead. The males will fight if the tank isn't huge.

lorax84 05-11-2013 07:12 PM

I wasn't sexing based on the pink belly. The fish I have pegged as male has spots on the top of his tail and a pointed dorsal. The other fish has no tail spots and a more rounded dorsal. The behavior I have seen also indicates a M/F pair. If I can get a shot of each fish I will, but they have been difficult to catch with my camera. In the end if they aren't a pair it's no big deal, I only paid $3 for them.

mcompagno 05-12-2013 10:17 AM just looked like males from the pic because the females have a rounded belly. I really love those fish but made a mistake with them the first time around. I put two males and two females in a 20 gallon long (30 inches), which apparently wasn't long enough. The dominant male immediately paired up with the dominant female and then proceeded to kill the other male, then the other female died. Once that happened I did have constant fry with from the one pair remaining, which all survived. I was overrun with kribs!

I don't think 2 males will do well together because they are much happier in a pair...please let me know how it goes as I am would like to know the outcome.

BTW they prefer to breed in a cave, not on a stone out in the open like some other cichlids will. Both parents will escort the fry around the tank once they are large enough to come out of the cave.

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