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Old 10-21-2006, 10:16 AM   #11
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Also keep an eye out with the tiger barbs. They are semi-aggressive, and moreso in small numbers. I have 6 in my 20gallon tank and they have terrorized some of the other fish (cory's, oto's, smaller barbs). I would say your fully stocked for now. You can always go with some snails as mentioned before. They are interesting to watch, and will help to keep the algae/diatoms off the glass/fake plants.
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Old 10-21-2006, 06:58 PM   #12
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Hmmm.. Quite a conundrum indeed!

Well, when I got the two kribs I thought they wouldn't even try to breed in such a small tank... guess I was mistaken as they have started to mature and are now doin' the little shakin' dance for each other. Crap! I actually have ac ouple of snails that snuck in on my plants, but they are still VERY small, and I'm not sure if they are the helpful or the bothersome kind. All of my plants are real, so I don't want the kind of snail that actually eat the plant material! Those extra-small plecs sound cool, I'll call my LFS and see if they have any, but I wouldn't want to put them in a situation that's potentially going to turn dangerous if the kribs decide to breed. Here's a picture of my kribs; so far they seem very docile, and I'm noticing hints of that irridescent green in the stripes of the tiger barbs, could they be a partial green/regular tiger barb? I can't believe I was able to catch them all in the same pic!!!
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Old 10-22-2006, 12:19 PM   #13
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My tiger barbs are the normal kind but under certain lighting the black stripes have a blueish hue. Sometimes this has a greenish look as well. My guess is it's a metallic pigment or something that shows up under certain conditions.
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Old 10-22-2006, 03:35 PM   #14
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On the bright side, kribs won't slaughter their tankmates when they're ready to breed like many cichlids do. They mostly want to keep other fish out of their territory. In my experience, they didn't bother too much with the other fish until the fry were free swimming, and at that point I just moved the babies to another tank and there was peace again. But that's based on them spawning in a 55, I don't know if its the same with a smaller tank.
Also, it usually takes them a few tries to get it right, so you have time to set up a separate tank for them if you wanted to (and you know you do! )
The snails you have now are fine. Most kinds don't eat plants, but they will eat leftover fish food. If you overfeed, you'll get a population explosion. It bothers some people, but they're pretty harmless. But I was talking about the large mystery snails. They don't come in with plants; you buy them. But they're amazing.
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Sweet Tank!

I don't have any advice for you, I just want to say that you have an awesomely sweet 10 gallon setup. Those two kribs are very, very cool. Man that's a great tank!!!
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Thankyou!!!

Thanks so much!! It takes a lot of work (as everyone here is well aware) and it's nice for someone other than myself to enjoy it!! As for my almost-breeding kribs, what do people do with 100 little baby kribs???? I WISH I could get a bigger tank, but my current financial situation totally doesn't allow it ( typical broke college student ). Even though they're not as aggressive as other cichlids while breeding, in a 10 gallon tank.... I'm worried there won't be enough room for my tiger barbs to stay out of the kribs "Territory"! Do I need to take them back to the LFS before things get messy?
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