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Old 04-05-2016, 11:06 PM   #1
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Kribs not getting along

I have 2 kribs. I believe 1 male and 1 female, I bought them a few weeks back to put them with my angel in my 26 gallon, they were both too small at the time so I put them in my 5 to grow a bit, I moved the male to the 26, as he was big enough and left the female for a few weeks to grow as well, they are now around equal size so today I moved the female to the 26, the male began chasing and biting her so I had to move her back to the 5. Why did this happen and what can I do to fix it.Click image for larger version

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The reason they are not getting along is due to territorial disputes. The Kribensis Cichlid is VERY territorial (especially during mating/breeding) and do NOT tolerate intrusions. Judging from your photos I would say that there are not many (or any at all) hiding spots. Cichlids in general thrive in environments that are riddled with caves, cracks, and crevices. This allows them to setup their very own territory away from anyone/anything else. Hiding spots also cut down on aggression and stress since the fish are not forced to be around each other 24/7. Nine out of ten times (if compatibility is not an issue) aggression in the aquarium is caused by a lack of privacy and personal space.

If you do some light research you can find out quickly that one Krib requires a MINIMUM of 30 gallons. Although on paper 26g seems very close to 30g, in actuality 4 gallons is a lot of space when dealing with smaller tanks. This is not so much the case with larger tanks (ex. 75g compared to 80g). Also, I am sure your female in your 5 gallon is absolutely stressed to the max right now. Try to remedy the problem or re-home her ASAP to avoid illness or possible death.

IMO if I was in your situation (and resources willing) I would upgrade to around a 55 gallon tank. That way each Krib has PLENTY of room. Make sure you provide adequate and ample hiding spots or else you will be right back at square one. In a 55g you could even add a few compatible tank mates or who knows, maybe the male and female will breed (if correct conditions are met). For right now however, a TEMPORARY and cheap fix would be to purchase a few caves from your LFS. You can even make them yourself out of pots and PVC tubing (just make sure they are aquarium safe!). At least this way they can have some cover and shelter until you decide a solution.

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The reason they are not getting along is due to territorial disputes. The Kribensis Cichlid is VERY territorial (especially during mating/breeding) and do NOT tolerate intrusions. Judging from your photos I would say that there are not many (or any at all) hiding spots. Cichlids in general thrive in environments that are riddled with caves, cracks, and crevices. This allows them to setup their very own territory away from anyone/anything else. Hiding spots also cut down on aggression and stress since the fish are not forced to be around each other 24/7. Nine out of ten times (if compatibility is not an issue) aggression in the aquarium is caused by a lack of privacy and personal space.

If you do some light research you can find out quickly that one Krib requires a MINIMUM of 30 gallons. Although on paper 26g seems very close to 30g, in actuality 4 gallons is a lot of space when dealing with smaller tanks. This is not so much the case with larger tanks (ex. 75g compared to 80g). Also, I am sure your female in your 5 gallon is absolutely stressed to the max right now. Try to remedy the problem or re-home her ASAP to avoid illness or possible death.

IMO if I was in your situation (and resources willing) I would upgrade to around a 55 gallon tank. That way each Krib has PLENTY of room. Make sure you provide adequate and ample hiding spots or else you will be right back at square one. In a 55g you could even add a few compatible tank mates or who knows, maybe the male and female will breed (if correct conditions are met). For right now however, a TEMPORARY and cheap fix would be to purchase a few caves from your LFS. You can even make them yourself out of pots and PVC tubing (just make sure they are aquarium safe!). At least this way they can have some cover and shelter until you decide a solution.

Hope this helps!

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A pair of Kribs can easily be maintained in a 20 long, and no, 4 gallons will not make a huge difference. 4 square inches of footprint would make a much larger difference than 4 gallons.

No need to upgrade your tank. Try swapping out the aggressor at the store you purchased from. Sometimes the attitudes of certain fish just don't line up, they can be highly individualistic.

The one thing above I can agree on is add more caves and breaks in the line of sight. Add something like driftwood or a hollowed out coconut, or cichlid stones. Try that first, if it doesn't succeed, then try swapping out the aggressor


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A pair of Kribs can easily be maintained in a 20 long, and no, 4 gallons will not make a huge difference. 4 square inches of footprint would make a much larger difference than 4 gallons.

No need to upgrade your tank. Try swapping out the aggressor at the store you purchased from. Sometimes the attitudes of certain fish just don't line up, they can be highly individualistic.

The one thing above I can agree on is add more caves and breaks in the line of sight. Add something like driftwood or a hollowed out coconut, or cichlid stones. Try that first, if it doesn't succeed, then try swapping out the aggressor


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Rearranging the decor may help with the aggression because the males territory will be gone.


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Thanks for the help. I will try rearranging when I get the spare time and a trip to the LFS. As far as the female goes in my 5 she is still a juvenile around an inch in size and is showing no signs of stress.


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