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fishkid 08-28-2008 10:44 AM

Kribs in 15 gallon
 
Will it be okay to keep a pair of kribs and some ottos in a fifteen gallon tank? And if they breed, what do I do with the fry? My dad is against me getting anymore tanks. :cry:

iamntbatman 08-28-2008 01:44 PM

It depends. I think they'd be fine for a while, but be prepared for fighting between the male and female after the fry have hatched. Mine got in arguments and didn't seem to like each other very much, but I also had plenty of dither fish in the tank so eventually the couple paired back up to take care of the fry. So, you could try it, but be prepared to move one of the adults if they decide they don't get along, or at the very least, provide *plenty* of plants, driftwood, and rocks/caves with different hiding areas at opposite ends of the tank.

At about six weeks of age, my last batch of fry had developed their adult coloration (although not quite their mating colors), had become independent of their parents and mostly of each other, and had even gotten to the point where they weren't getting along with one another. The fish averaged about an inch or 1 1/4" inch at this point, which was when I decided I needed to get rid of the fry. This size is smaller than young kribs are usually sold for, so it might be difficult getting a good price on them at such a young age. However, you should be able to give the fry away at the very least.

Deku 08-28-2008 03:37 PM

Re: Kribs in 15 gallon
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fishkid
Will it be okay to keep a pair of kribs and some ottos in a fifteen gallon tank? And if they breed, what do I do with the fry? My dad is against me getting anymore tanks. :cry:

ok id say its more than enough but again like this other guy said be sure to be prepared theres something called a tank divider you can use it for the female and the eggs i think which ever youd like and when they hatch just feed em micro food(very small food) ummm make sure the female gets her food as well and this will prevent from fighting (when breeding) and as for the fry when their ready to fend for themselves (i think maybe give it a month or two or when the female gets uninterested in the babies) you can give em away to some friends or maybe sell em :3 which ever youd like be sure to provide several caves i personally think 3-4caves would be fine and provide plenty of vegetation why because the ottos will like one of those cave while the kribs can use the other


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