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fishfry* 10-01-2007 02:37 PM

kribensis behaviour...
okay, so I have a male krib he is about 4 cm long, I also have 2 smaller females which are about 2.5 cm long... and nobody seems to get along. They all kind of do their own thing, sometimes the females will hang out together, but if any of the females go near the male wherever he happens to be hiding he will chase them away to the other side of the tank. He HATES them. but, if I take out the girls for a day or so and then put them back with him, he's all lovey dovey around them for about an hour or two, and the girls will follow him around a bit as well, he will like shake and kink his tail fin all funny (kind of like he's winding up to slap her with it, but never does) then after a while, he starts hating them again. I don't understand this love/hate relationship! I'm wondering if it's the size difference, I've also considered moving the 2 smaller females back to the other tank and introducing a new larger female to the 30g with the male. Any suggestions for happier kribs?

I've attatched a couple links to various short videos of my kribs and their "love/hate" relationship:

the first one doesn't really show much, just a short clip of the male looking at the females, I stopped recording because my bf said something funny...

this one shows when my male will chase a female to the other side of the tank, I got scared he was going to hurt her so I stopped filming to watch more carefully

MegK 10-01-2007 03:02 PM

i was told females wouldnt get along. but i have a couple that used to have a relationship like that. first the male would abuse the female, so i would remove him so she would have peace, and then put him back in and the same thing he woul be lovey then hate her. but then it changed to the female abusing the male.. then she would flirt by vibrating and then they would attack my cory cat. (they didnt have any eggs tho) and so now they are together alone and they are okay. and had eggs once. but were unsuccessful but there u go.

i think its the behavior of the fish.. its best to get a bunch and let them make their own pairs if u want them to get along

fishfry* 10-01-2007 04:00 PM

yes, I think I'm going to start looking for perhaps another larger female and another male. That would bring my krib count up to 5... 2 males and 3 females. I want to get 2 blue rams in the near future, hope my school of kribs won't bother them too much.

Falina 10-02-2007 12:04 PM

I found that mixing males and females results in very unpredictable behaviour and so have vowed not to do it again.

I don't think adding a bigger female would help because when fully grown males will be about double the size anyway.

Kribs can be eager to breed so you could try adding another 2 females so that the male can spread his agression further between them and each individual female won't be as stressed.

I would think the rams and kribs, both being bottom dwellers, would get on very badly. My rams became very stressed and bullied other fish when they were threatened by bottom dwellers and in the end I had to rehome them. I think that the kribs would either bully the rams, or the rams would bully other fish when they felt the stress but this may just be my experience.

scottysgirl 10-02-2007 07:45 PM

Agreed Falina, Rams and Kribs are a bad idea. Rams should be the most aggressive species in the tank, when I put a krib in with my rams the krib bullied them (and all the other fish) to no return, I had to move the krib out.

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