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Old 01-31-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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I think cichlids r very pretty fish but have heard they can only.be kept with themselves and afe extremely agressive. We went to get some new fish and the fish store talked us into a pair of kirbensis reasurring us they are ok in a community tank of 4 angels 6 barbs and 1 bristlenose. We havent been given wrong information by this fish store before. But i am.wondering if it is true that they r ok im community?

The male tends to be a bit bossy and.chases other fish if they go to low close to the bottom of the tank or near the sunken aircraft carrier ordament he and the female has claimed. His biggest issue when the bristlenose ventures over that side of the tank he will chase him away. But i have seen the bristlenose put thw male and female in there place when they have ventured over to where he is fed.

They are extremely pretty and.fascnating to watch but am i going to wake up to dead fish and 2guilty.culprits?

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Old 01-31-2014, 07:44 PM   #2
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Kribs r mellow should be good
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:15 PM   #3
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I think cichlids r very pretty fish but have heard they can only.be kept with themselves and afe extremely agressive. We went to get some new fish and the fish store talked us into a pair of kirbensis reasurring us they are ok in a community tank of 4 angels 6 barbs and 1 bristlenose. We havent been given wrong information by this fish store before. But i am.wondering if it is true that they r ok im community?

The male tends to be a bit bossy and.chases other fish if they go to low close to the bottom of the tank or near the sunken aircraft carrier ordament he and the female has claimed. His biggest issue when the bristlenose ventures over that side of the tank he will chase him away. But i have seen the bristlenose put thw male and female in there place when they have ventured over to where he is fed.

They are extremely pretty and.fascnating to watch but am i going to wake up to dead fish and 2guilty.culprits?

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The bristlenose should be fine if he is already putting them in there place some
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He will only.chase them off if ive put food down for him and they come over he will send them packing but if they chase him away from thw aircraft carrier he will dart off and hide in.the tree stump ordament which is were i feed him.. lately the male has gotten less tolerant of fish grazing on the bottom im not sure y he has started the behaviour as he didnt before as we have a large angel fish that the male kirb doesnt usually like to mess with

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Kribs can nip any pretty fins of community or smaller cichlids they are an african cichlids, also if chasing other fish off poss breeding if you have both sexes, but sometimes you can get lucky and have a mellow pair until breeding
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Kribs r mellow should be good

I agree but keep in eye on the fins for damage caused by fighting chasing is normal so long as it's not injuring any fish
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They seem to just chase off the bristlenose the only time they dont is if the brisltenose is eating and then the bristlnose chases them. I havent seen any fin damage on any of the other fish so i dont think there is any injures going on. They just seem to thnk the bottom of the tank is theres and they dont have to share. They wont eat anything but blood worms which i dont feed every day i have been trying different foods so but they turn there nose up on it but they no were i feed the bristlenose so once hes finished they try get his leftovers i have tried putting the same food down on there side of the tank but they wint touch it..

You can tell that the bristlenose doesnt go over there side of th tank often as the plants r dirty.

Im.wondering if the chasing is because they r hungry but they get given food which they wont eat... would putting something in.the middls of the tank to block the kirbs line of sight help cos if they see the bristlenose on.the ground they will go chase him off

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Would removing the female stop then chasing he wasnt like this before she went in he was quite peaceful but really shy he seems alot happier now shes in there just bossy with chasing

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I have done a water change and.rearranged the plastic plants in the tank and have moved them to the middle so if the kirbs are on.there.side they cant down.were the.brisltenose.hangs out

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I am not sure about kribs but it worked with peacocks I removed the females to stop the aggression
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