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Nyxxi 12-30-2011 10:09 AM

Breeding Kribensis
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It is my first time keeping Cichlids. I chose a pair of kribs for my 20 gal long set up. I have driftwood, slate and some anubias. I am running a fluval 2 plus filter at the moment. I am hoping they will breed. Any suggestions or tips are very much appreciated. I am feeding them omega one flakes and frozen brine shrimp. How often should I feed the frozen food? Should I set up an air powered sponge filter instead of the one I have going? The pair interact with each other, the male chases the female from time to time but the aggression dosn't seam to be anything more than what I've read is normal. I have also read that some people add a school of tetras or barbs as dither fish to help occupy the pair? Is this something that is suggested. I do not have a flower pot or coconut shell in the tank but the wood and rocks make many caves, do you think these are sufficient or should I add another cave. PH is 7, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite. I have added some blackwater extract to help keep the ph neutral, I figure over time I will not need to add this as the driftwood will stare to lower the ph.

chucklesdead 12-30-2011 05:46 PM

i know like other tropical fish temperature is important if you want them to breed 79-81 constant will help them act like rabbit
sponge filter is a must if you are leaving the fry in this tank with parents because they barley will be swimming for the first few days
and i would not add other fish if you want to breed all in one tank just leaving parents watch the heat keep it between 79-81 range and wait

zof 12-30-2011 06:26 PM

Yea if your looking to breeding, keep the pair as the only fish in the tank, I've never raised kirb (I wanted to but couldn't find any) but the tank is sufficiently large for a pair and it looks like you have plently of hiding spots so they should be fine. If your looking for a quick and dirty cave just for spawning then throw a length of PVC with an end cap, should work good for them if they don't like any other areas. Good luck on the breeding and I hope you will keep us updated on your progress.

speros 01-01-2012 01:16 AM

I put a pair in my tank and within 5 days they had picked a spot and layed eggs. Is a community tank so don't know what my chances of them surviving are. Mum and dad seem very protective. They layed in a plastic 'rock like ' filter cover that i put on it's side so it looked like a cave

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