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Kribensis
March 15, 2011
11:46 pm
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ive taken on board all comments on how to choose fish for my community tank

i saw some kribs and liked the look of them and rather than just buy them and face whatever problems come afterwards.

i photographed them went on the net and found out all i could about them

what the male and female looked like

seemed they would be okay for a community tank only thing i cant offer them is a sandy substrate
but thats to change shortly anyway so i thought yeah i ll go with these

agressive or what

nasty little fish they take on any fish that they look at sometimes swimming half the length of the tank for a nibble
it looks very territorial maybe even they are going to pair off and spawn
but it appears that their territory is the size of my tank

they are only small about 40mm i reckon and they go to 100mm
what then ive got all the right tank mates

are they gonna hammer the daylights out of them as they are all small fish except the clown loaches and ancistrus

ill post up a photo of the female and im sure someone will tell me if shes gonna spawn
her belly is quite full looking

thanks

March 16, 2011
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The other inhabitants should be fine, they are very territorial when breeding but are quite mild mannered as far as cichlids goes, the bark is worse than the bite to put it another way. Just make sure the others got somewhere to hide as they get very stressed by being chased all the time.

The worst problem you´ll have with Pelvicachromis pulcher is what to do with all the fry that tend to be skewed to either sex, and believe me you will have plenty of fry!

March 16, 2011
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Watch the male if they spawn Martin as some can be quite nasty to the female once the fry are free-swimming. Particularly noticed this with young fish. It'll only be him that attains anywhere near 10 cm too.

Shops often won't take the fry - we used to get inundated by them. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Cake or death?
March 16, 2011
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Ive got quite a lot of fish in the tank probably well overcrowed but i have much bigger tank coming (cant wait) so thats not a big worry at the moment
but i have a funny feeling there wont be any fry that last to long in my tank
something has ate all my Paracheirodon innesi havnt got a notion as to what it may be Biotodoma cupido which is on its own i dont think it was the apistogrammas panduro as they were to smaill in my mind its a mystery

in fact heres all i have:

apistogrammas x 2(apistogrammas panduro)
dwarf gourami x 3 (Colisa lalia)
red eye tetra x 3 (Moenkhausia santaefilomenae)
black widow tetra x 2 (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi)
neon tetra x 1 (Paracheirodon innesi)
xray tetra x 1 (Pristella maxillaris)
zebra danio x 5 (Danio rerio)
clown loach x 2 (Chromobotia macracanthus)
cupid cichlid x 1 (Biotodoma cupido)
ram x 2 (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
kribensis x 2 (Pelvicachromis pulcher)
honey gourami x 2 (colisa chuna)
corydoras x 2 (corydoras sterbai)
ancistrus x 4

all the fish are what i would think to be small compared to their full grown size

bearing that in mind what ate 9 Paracheirodon innesi

im thinkin Biotodoma cupido 6cm

March 18, 2011
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it turns out that the Pelvicachromis pulcher are breeding
that would explain the aggressive behaviour

must admit it is fascinating to watch them construct the nest
it would appear that they are not stupid
the female has been lifting small bits of gravel and putting them on top of a bit of moss she has turned into a nest by removing them from underneath it

a joy to watch

March 19, 2011
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Told you! Pelvicachromis pulcher is a real pain in the **** when it come´s to breeding. You always have loads of fry that is hard to sell on.

But it is real interesting to watch them heard the fry when they are free swimming.

March 19, 2011
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should i lift the piece of moss that they have spawned on out and put it in a hatchery in the tank

March 20, 2011
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No need really, give them a cave to spawn in and they´ll raise the frys themselves. When the frys are about and about with the parents you can use a fine airline to suck them out if you want to, but as I wrote before they´ll do a great job themselves.

March 22, 2011
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looks like the spawn was a failure
im putting it down to immature fish they are only small
i can see the eggs in the tank and they appear to have a fungus on them and both parents have abandoned the nest
the female is swimming about freely but the male has become a bit of a recluse
he is hiding out of the way at time i have to really look hard to find him
he also isnt coming up for food when presented
im a bit worried about him to be truthful he was a very active fish before

any thoughts

maybe hes scared shes gonna hammer him lol

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