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panamera 09-14-2008 11:08 PM

Krib not eating....anything...EMERgency
Hi, i bought a krib mainly to control my large baby guppy population which gets annoying after a while. but is it not only not eating babies. but nothing at all. not flake , not blood keeps spitting everything out after it takes it in....with the flake it dosnt even bother getting it in.... what should i do? take it back to the petshop and exchange it? i can do that but i really like it. but then again i dont want it to die and be left with tons of guppies. its not a problem with my tank. same day i bought a gourami and that its more than me lol.

iamntbatman 09-14-2008 11:34 PM

I can't vouch for kribs and their ability to control your guppy fry population. I have some kribs, and sure they are interested in small live creatures (like fry) but they won't relentlessly hunt them like a true predator would.

If you're looking for a fish to help keep those guppies in check, you might want to look into getting a golden wonder killifish. I have a pair of them and they're absolutely the most predatory fish I own (so far, even moreso than my Jack Dempsey, but he still has some growing to do). I wouldn't trust full-grown golden wonders with even adult guppies, though, so you might want to put him in a larger community tank or even his own tank. You could comfortable house one in something as small as 5.5 gallons, and he *will* eat every last guppy small enough to fit in his mouth that you add to the tank.

As far as the krib not long have you had him? Mine took a while to adjust before they were comfortable in the tank, as they can be somewhat shy, especially when they're younger. Even my adults are pretty shy about coming to the surface for food, and they aren't *huge* fans of flake, although they could get by on it. They seem to really enjoy frozen brine, frozen bloodworms and live blackworms. They also seem to like Wardley's Tropical Sinking Crumbles more than flake food. They can also go for a loooooooong time with little to no food at all. My female spends weeks not eating anything when she lays eggs and raises her fry.

panamera 09-14-2008 11:38 PM

hmm i have wardly's flake. he dosnt even bother looking at it. so while hes still thinking all the platties and gourami eat everything. and he ate the bloordworms but just spat them out. i have had him for about 4 days now. what if i keep him and buy another cichlid aswell? do they get along well? lets say if i bought One angel or something.

iamntbatman 09-14-2008 11:44 PM

How big is the tank? My kribs don't really get along with other cichlids. I had the pair separated for a while, and I tried introducing a German blue ram to the tank with the female. She immediately attacked it and would have killed it. I switched her out for the male krib (who is generally more easy-going) and he somewhat tolerates it. He'll chase it away if it gets near him, but there's plenty of room and tons of hiding spaces in the tank so there aren't any real worries. I've never tried keeping them with angelfish before, so I can't comment on that. It's probably a decent shot though, provided you have enough room, since the angel spends more time near the top and the kribs generally stay near the bottom.

panamera 09-14-2008 11:46 PM

my krib is a male as far as i know. and seems quite cool with the guppies...i mean i bought it for a purpose of eating them and all the fry swim around it as if its just another plant growing lol. my tank is 150L which if i am correct is 40Gallons? but its planted quite deep at the back. you think an angel would be alright on it's own? cause i have a group of platties, group of guppies, 3 plecos. 1 gourami and now one krib aswell. those singles seem to be going good for the time being

iamntbatman 09-14-2008 11:49 PM

How tall is the tank? That's the biggest concern with the angel since it's such a tall fish. It should have 18 inches (about 46 cm) of vertical space. I've never kept angels, but from what I've heard they're pretty enthusiastic about eating livebearer fry.

panamera 09-15-2008 01:16 AM

tank is pretty tall. well i gave my fry to the pet shop, kept the krib and have an angel fish. lol i know they are meant to be in groups but one should be good on its own eh?

panamera 09-15-2008 01:25 AM

iamntbatman 09-15-2008 01:29 AM

Good looking fish (and tank)! That's definitely a male krib. Let us know how it works out!

1077 09-15-2008 03:19 AM

:D :D :D Possibly the best looking kribensis I have seen in some time.

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