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SomeDudeAtHome 03-15-2011 05:24 PM

My brothers Kribs had babies help!
So I looked in his tank today to see a bunch of really tiny fish swimming around in the skull with the mother. Everything I can find online says that the parents defend their young but I'm pretty sure I saw the mother eat a few of them. Should I separate them somehow or just let nature take its course? Any help would really be appreciated.

amberjade 03-16-2011 02:23 AM

They should be just fine. They are mouth brooders, so it may look like the fry are being eaten by the mother, but she is just gathering them up to keep them safe. :)
They really do make excellent parents. Just feed the fry with powdered flake and a little baby brine shrimp. :)
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SomeDudeAtHome 03-16-2011 12:53 PM

Thank you amberjade. That must have been what they were doing and I just couldn't see them spit em back out because there's 40-50 little guys swimming around. I'll try and get some pictures up later.

SomeDudeAtHome 03-16-2011 01:56 PM

Here are a couple pictures. They're kind of hard to see but they are the little white specks under the parents.

amberjade 03-16-2011 06:35 PM

They are so amazing to watch. I love how the parents are always there watching over their brood. :). And the babies are SO cute!
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Christople 03-16-2011 08:07 PM

the mom was mostly cleaning them because rams do this and they do it often. It could be protection

Christople 03-16-2011 08:09 PM

how often do kribs breed

Christople 03-16-2011 08:11 PM

and how do I sex them

SomeDudeAtHome 03-17-2011 09:20 AM

They are pretty amazing to watch with how much they protect them. From what I've read they breed every 2-4 weeks and there's a couple different ways to sex them. The male is generally bigger, more colorful, has a pointed dorsal fin and has a point on it's caudal fin. The female has a very red belly compared to the male, a little less colorful, smaller and it's dorsal fin is rounded at the end. In the first picture you can kind of tell the colors and fins with the male on the right and female on the left. If I can get decent pictures I will put some more up.

SomeDudeAtHome 03-17-2011 03:57 PM

Here's a couple pictures I managed to get for you. They're not the best because they wouldn't stop moving haha.

This is my brothers male Krib. I couldn't get a picture of the female.

That's my male Krib. He's young too but you can see his pointed dorsal fin and how colorful he is.

This is a real nice shot of my female Krib. She's still pretty young so a lot of her colors aren't developed but you can see the rounded dorsal fin.

This shots a little blurry but it's my two Kribs flaring at eachother.

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