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Kribs Spawning, Remove The Male Or Not?
January 1, 2012
4:33 pm
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Michelle
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Hi All

As mentioned in my intro I have a pair of kribs in my 60l tank. The spawned on Thursday. In my experience I have lost my male krib, twice, after being fine for days sharing the broodcare then I've come home one day to find him toast (this was the same female both times.)

This is a new pair of kribs so no idea what she'll be like with the male. (I lost my previous female to pop-eye.)

What's the best time, if at all, to remove him? And how do you do it without making her scared and eating the little'uns? The tank has a gravel, six upturned pots and a couple of small plants for extra cover.

Also as mentioned in the intro not sure if these are kribs, sub-o's or a mix. I'll find out when/if she re-appears in full broodcare dress. NB: he's a lovely rich electric purple in the right light and never has a dark line but looks checker board from time to time, though never as much as in pics on websites. She looks more like a normal krib but yellower in the head, her fins are really shiny yellow and she does turn much darker from gills back to her pink belly and from tail forward to her belly than your normal krib, though not as dark yet as you see sub-o's in pictures. Hence suspecting they're a cross (unfortunately). I bought them as kribs, they looked pretty normal in the shop, going back since, all the others in the shop still look normal. Most likely they're just a bit odd.

Would love to get a pic of them but they're quite skittish and tend to turn pale yellowy/grey whenever they catch me looking.

January 1, 2012
10:25 pm
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I think you must have just had a over protective female in the past. When I have spawned these I have always left the pair to share brood care I personally would be tempted to leave both parents with the fry.

January 2, 2012
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Cheers. I'll see how they get on. In the knowledge base here its mentioned she can be a bit protective and to remove as necessary but having lost both males last time I wondered if it was worth taking him out early.

NB: she appeared this morning in usual krib brood care dress so looks like they are just normal pair of kribs, if a bit oddly coloured. No surprise there really.

January 2, 2012
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Just make sure that the male got somewhere to hide. Out of sight is out of mind.

January 2, 2012
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Pelvicachromis sp are generally Pair bonding and share broodcare between both parents, ive bred most of the genus and have never once had any deaths resulting from fighting over fry. Give them plenty of cover to hind in incase of trouble and keep the water quality high, the kribs should reward you with a superb show of broodcare.

Ive bred many different dwarf cichlid species and Kribs are still one of my favourites! Beautiful and interesting fish.. Keep us updated

January 9, 2012
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Hi All

After almost a week of keeping the little wrigglers hidden in the pot they were spawned in mum finally brought them out today, 40-50 of them.

To my delight she left them with dad while she went off looking for food. He was taking excellent care of them as she popped back and forth checking up on him. The pair are now studiously shephearding them around the tank as you'd expect.

Great stuff.

Michelle

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