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Morganna 02-24-2009 04:32 PM

Kribensis pair fighting?
 
I have a male and female kribensis in a 45 gallon tank, and I've had them for about....a month or so.

They've been getting along and get colorful when they see each other and following eachother around, no aggression. But this past thursday I left to go to my dads house and when I came back monday the female was at the top of the tank and the male was patrolling the bottom. Occasionally the female turns red and approaches the male but he shows his colors and chases her off, and nips at her until she turns a pasty color and hides behind the filter.

I have no CLUE why they're suddenly acting this way. I called a pet store and asked the "fish people" and they told me that they were going into spawning mode and the male was just picking on the female. They also said I should get another female to lessen the aggression on the one I have.

Im not really sure what to do..

invictusmaneo 02-24-2009 07:52 PM

For once sounds like the LFS is correct.

dagizmo19 02-24-2009 08:04 PM

Who ever you talked to at the LFS, seemed to know their stuff. I would say he is exactly right.

I would recommend 3 females to 1 male.

kamazza 02-25-2009 08:47 AM

dont they pair off? i added another female to my tank when i had kribs and the original female beat the crap out of the new girl, the male was fine with the new female of course ;), in fact the male prefered the new female, maybe the original female got jealous? lol

invictusmaneo 02-25-2009 10:24 AM

males often show aggression to females, particularly in spawning time. The "harem" efforts are to minimize this aggression on an individual

iamntbatman 02-27-2009 02:18 PM

I had the exact same behavior with my pair. No real damage was done and it lasted a couple of weeks before they entered serious spawning mode and eventually produced a healthy batch of fry. There was some aggression between the two when they were raising fry, as well.

Adding another female may help spread out aggression temporarily, but in the long run the male is going to choose one female to pair up with and the lone female would definitely be attacked. I would just wait it out (provided the fish are similar in size and there isn't any damage resulting from the fighting) and eventually you'll likely end up with a pair and plenty of baby kribs.


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