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Old 10-05-2004, 03:15 PM   #1
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A question for Krib owners

I am new to Kribs and cichlids. Got a male Krib on Sept 19th and the female on the 25th. The first day I was afraid the male would not take to her as he seemed to be running her off even thou she was displaying for him. Her belly turned very red as soon as she seen him. The next day they looked like a pair.
The last few days she has not come out from the hiding spot to eat. Today I shined a flashlight in there and saw eggs on the underside of the fake driftwood. They are a dark cream color.
Is it normal for her to not eat while guarding the eggs?
Do they usually breed so quickly?
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Old 10-05-2004, 08:25 PM   #2
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Pelvicachromis pulcher, the 'kribensis' cichlid, is one of the easier cichlids to spawn. Sounds like yours are behaving in typical 'kribi' fashion. Yes...it is normal for her to not venture out of her hiding spot while she's guarding the eggs and it isn't all that unusual for them to breed pretty quickly if they're both 'in the mood'.

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çongrats on the kribs!
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Thanks. Glad to know her not eating is normal. If they hatch survive will I need to move them in a month or so (before the next breeding cycle)? I heard the parents can turn on the young when the next batch of eggs is laid.
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Aside from removing the young, you may need to separate the male and female after awhile to let her rest. It takes a lot of energy to produce those eggs!
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make sure you get hold of some Microworms soon, so you can feed the fry once they are free-swimming.

You can also practise hatching baby brine shrimp to feed the newly hatched fry. you can find stacks of information on "do it yourself" brine shrimp hatching. just Google it.

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How did it all turn out?
Kribs are lovely and some of my favourite fish. Jeff
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Today the eggs are gone. Dont see any fry either. The female has burrowed a hole under the fake driftwood. Hoping the young are in there. Did notice something I overlooked before. The fry would be very close to the filter inlet. Hope they didnt get sucked in. I will move that ornamate before the pair breeds again. Leaving it alone for now just in case.

I read the parents will crush food and spit it out for the young to eat. Will do more reading about it tonite.
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You can always put a sponge on the intake tube. Since this was their first chance with young, they may have messed up--first time fish parents don't always get it right!
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