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Re: Question on kribs...
Posted By: Nomad <firstname.lastname@example.org> In Response To: Re: Question on kribs... (Dave Guest)
Date: Thursday, 9 September 1999, at 12:55 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Question on kribs... (Dave Guest)
Also, watch them carefully at the stores. I've seen a number of stores with obviously paired kribs... one dominant pair taking over a key ornament while all other fish hang out at the top of the tank... if you can find some that have already paired, it will speed things up. Also, kribs reportedly mate for life, so if you get one that has already paired, they may resist all attempts at forcing a new pairing on them.
If you can't find a pair, I've had great luck in the past getting a pair of females first, then introducing a male a little while later (all fish breeding size already). Any time I've done this, both females will display their bellies, and one will form a strong pair bond with the male. The other female will spend most of her time hiding (behind filter stems, heaters, etc.) and should be returned to the lfs. Dithers are not necessary, and may run into problems in a 20 G tank... the kribs are quite aggressive when mating. A small (4-6" diameter) clay pot on it's side or upside down (with a slightly enlarged bottom hole) makes an ideal spawning site, though I've also had a pair choose a small cave in a piece of driftwood instead.
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