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lowflyer 04-06-2010 04:44 PM

Kribs pairing up
Hey guys

Over a week ago I put a pair of Kribensis in a 2 foot tank. Planted and with a nice cave. The tank has matured with other occupants since January. Problem is that the male is taking a long time to allow the female to "seduce" or "attract" his attention and he occasionally chases her away. Other occupants in the tank are guppies.


Zynthesis 04-06-2010 11:08 PM

You just got these fish? They could be too young, to be spawning. Give them some time, are you doing anything to enduce spawning?

lowflyer 04-07-2010 02:00 AM

I did just get them, but they seem to be quite big and the female is showing off to the male quite a bit. What can I do to induce spawning?

lowflyer 04-08-2010 03:28 AM

Any advice?

1077 04-08-2010 08:07 AM

Sometimes a sizeable water change can induce spawning.Have also had some luck with offering frozen meaty foods such as bloodworms,Brine shrimp,Krill.and or Mysis shrimp in addition to the flake or pellet food. Maybe offer the frozen foods two to three times a week and flake and or pellets on the remaining days.
Do keep in mind that fish are not unlike humans to some degree ,and they often prefer to select their own mates and may or may not ,accept a particular fish. Have found this to be specially true with cichlids if the male is smaller than the female. Doesn't sound as though that's the case here.
Give em some time , perhaps the male is just playin hard to get.:brow:

lowflyer 04-08-2010 08:34 AM

Ok thanks 1077, I've been feeding with flake and freeze dried tubifex worms which they seem to love. An update, the female has dominated the cave and doing a bit of house maintainance by cleaning out gravel etc. Male has been excommunicated.

lowflyer 04-18-2010 04:46 AM

Just a short update. No breeding taking place yet, but the female has been showing off her stomach and the cave has basically been dug out. Females colours are really bright at the moment. Thinking about going bigger on the tank, but not sure yet.

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