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Dekz 02-13-2009 01:25 PM

Breeding Kribensis
Ok, my previous attempt at breeding these was interesting. They had the tank all to themselves, I'm guessing around 100 fry hatched. Unfortunately the fry started to disappear and then the male died. (I'm assuming that the male was eating the fry, so the female killed him). Eventually all the fry were gone and I was left with only the female.

She has had the tank to herself for a month or so now, and there is a bit of algae developing, so I put an Otocinclus in there.

Today I added a new male Kribensis and they are definitely getting along, so I am predicting babies again in the near future. I've heard that Kribensis will basically annihilate anything else in the tank to protect their young. Do you think the Oto will be ok? If not, what about a small Pleco?

Cody 02-13-2009 05:56 PM

Well, how big is the tank?

I had a Clown Pleco with mine during this stage. He did fine. Just make sure you have enough hiding spots for the fish. But, Ottos are more delicate.

And just so you know, I would get 2 more ottos. They need company.

daisycutter 02-13-2009 06:46 PM

mine are on there 4th batch now there in a well planted 30g tall alonside there previos 3 batches of offspring,a single bristlenose pleco and a shoal of harlaqins they attacked an angel in the tank repeatedly so it had to be moved to my q-tank there not bothered in the least by the harlaquins and pay little attention to small top or midwater fish as they generaly keep to the bottom of the tank

Dekz 02-13-2009 07:16 PM

Ok, the female has a VERY pink belly and she keeps going in front of the male and showing him her side and bending her body into almost a U shape. These are all good signs as far as I know? One thing she also does that I don't remember her doing last time, is when she does these things, she will almost vibrate/shake/flutter.

Now since these aren't livebearers I'm just not sure what she keeps pestering the male to do? Is she just letting him know that there are eggs around for him to fertilize?

Cody 02-13-2009 08:08 PM

It's basically a showy way saying "Breed with me" or the like. Lol. Pretty common for breeding behaivior from what I've seen.

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