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Old 08-26-2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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Kribs... Finally!!!

I have to admit, I am a little impatient. But after a couple of months of waiting, my kribs finally had babies!!! Today I looked at my 40 gallon tank to see not 1, not 2, but at least 30 kribs in that tank. The 2 parents seem to be changing shifts every now and again. I saw; them today with at least 30 something fry. What do I feed them? Right now I'm feeding them this catfish shrimp pellet that breaks down udewrwater into peices smalll enough for the fry to eat I think. I also tried some crushed food (I just took a bunch of adult food and ground it up in my mortar). And I'm also debating whether or not I should start a baby brine shrimp culture. First time cichlid, not first egglayer, but no previous ones survived. To my knowledge, this is the first batch of fry that made it out of the cave. But I do have experience with livebearers, and failed attempts with danios and cories (died at 4-6 weeks.) Bottom line: HELP!!!
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:22 PM   #2
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Wat ur feeding them is fine good luck
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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When I had my kribs, I'd feed the fry decapsulated brine shrimp eggs or golden pearls. Also, they would munch on the micronutrients found in the java moss. Other than that, they scavenged whatever they could in the tank.
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:39 PM   #4
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Ok. Thanks. I'l add some java moss. And do they sell golden pearls in pet stores or is it like at a specialty store or what?
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:57 PM   #5
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I think I got mine at kensfish.com. He sells just about everything and my fish love the food I get from him in bulk.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:16 PM   #6
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Ok. I'm not sure I can order online. But the catfish pellets seem to be working
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:19 PM   #7
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You can probably buy Hikari First Bites (think that's the name) at your lfs. The fry need to get the proper nutrition.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:54 PM   #8
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Where your kribs very aggressive during breeding?
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:06 AM   #9
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I'm not sure if my kribs are aggresive. They have a 38gallon aquarium all to themselves. And Ive decided to go ahead and start feeding them live baby brine shrimp.
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:41 AM   #10
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microworms or bbs both work well, the best part about them is that they are alive, and stay alive for a while so they don't foul up the water or get fungused up quickly like prepared foods do.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:43 AM   #11
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Theyy're 5 days old today!!! When do the parents start abandoning the fry? Like when can I separate them so I can move the parents to a smaller tank? Because my aquarium is 24" tall by 32" long and seems like a waste of space for a couple of kribs. Theirs so much unused space.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:12 AM   #12
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I've had the mother stay with the fry for a few months. She's not going to abandon them like other parents might. Or, it could be the father that hangs with them.

You moved the parents into a different tank specifically to raise fry? Where do they usually go, or what usually goes into that tank?
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:47 AM   #13
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Yesterday I moved the parents and fry to my 55 gallon community so I could breed convicts in the 40 gallon. The female is showing aggression to the male, but never left the fry. Also, I ran out of baby brine shrimp. I started another culture but in the meantime they are feeding off of the microscopic food on the java moss in my 55 gallon. In the tank are 2 male, 2 female, tons of fry swordtails, the krib pair and fry, 3 cardinals, and 5 small cories.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:50 AM   #14
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Oh and that resaech prior to purchase thing. I like that. Unfortunately I couldn't research before getting the kribs. The pet store gave me a pair and said "bring back $10 worth of fry." Every dark cloud has a silver lining
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Never herd of a petstore doin that. Good i guess
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:55 AM   #16
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Yeah it's a privately owned pet store. I've been going there since I was ten.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:56 AM   #17
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I feed my fry NLS growth formula and they love it. I usually separate them ASAP so the parents won't turn on them and eat them. Also, that gives me a chance to put them into a smaller, bare-bottom tank where they'll have an easier life finding the food. Produces less nitrates that way and the frequent water changes that are needed get easier too.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:00 AM   #18
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Ah i see. I have a local pet store, my mom knows the owner! We always catch up nd talk. I like it because he has tanks at home nd really knows the fish nd his quality at the store is great! Anyway how r the fry
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Okay. This is my first time with kribs, cichlids, and egglayers. Should I move them now? I have a separate 10 gallon
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Did they tell you at what age they'll accept the fry? My lfs won't take them until they can sex them which seems to be around 4-5 months.
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