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CoffeeLove 01-01-2013 10:18 PM

Two kribs in a 40B currently - one is a major pain in the butt to the other.
 
Now with a 40B I thought having two male kribs would be okay but one is just a relentless savage and will just chase the other all over once he spots him. I have lots of plants, lots of cover and poor line of sight in this tank.

I don't really want to get rid of either one of them and was wondering if adding like 3 more kribs would ease the aggression on the one single krib.

Other fish in the tank include 2 bolivian rams, 6 bloodfin tetra, 4 red eye tetra and 3 serpae tetra

LB79 01-02-2013 12:41 AM

I'd get 2 females and let a pair form. Then give the other ones to the LFS or donate them to Petco or Petsmart or something. They'll just keep fighting. Some male cichlids are just like that.

ptr 01-02-2013 01:55 AM

I'll get one of your male kribs if you want to rehome him.

greenman857 01-02-2013 04:46 PM

Giving them caves might help too. The less aggressive might be able to stake his territory there. But it's true, some guys are like that!

CoffeeLove 01-02-2013 07:15 PM

I have rocks in such a way that it makes a cave.

Another question though - why are there bellies red? Especially the one getting picked on his belly is really red.

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ptr 01-02-2013 07:19 PM

You're sure you got 2 males ? :)

CoffeeLove 01-02-2013 08:00 PM

No heh. Just figured they were because the one keeps gettin his butt kicked.

How do you sex kribs and does their red belly have anything to do with their sex?

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Kitsune_Gem 01-02-2013 08:06 PM

Females have an intense red to them during breeding form what I remember

scapegoat 01-02-2013 08:21 PM

post pictures.

the females will get really pink in their abdomen when they're ready to mate or full of eggs. the male will get red around his face and bottom half when defensive/aggressive.

its very easy to sex kribs though, the male are noticeably larger and longer. http://www.spheniscus.ch/datafish/up...20pulcher.html male on left, female on right.

cichlids are all a funny bunch. while dwarf cichlids are considered "passive" they can be very very aggressive with each other. i've a breeding pair and the female will get very aggressive with the male when there is a failed clutch.

you really have too many cichlids in that tank as well. the two rams and two kribs is asking for disaster. probably better off replacing the kribs with more rams as they'll form a harem (while kribs form pairs)

CoffeeLove 01-02-2013 08:51 PM

Oh snaps maybe I do have a male and female then. Because the belly is really red like in that photo and its definitely not as long as the other.

The bolivians cause no harm to anyone though..they're really peaceful especially compared to the krib.

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LB79 01-02-2013 09:21 PM

Then it's an unpaired male and female, and the male wants to mate while the female doesn't.

CoffeeLove 01-02-2013 09:34 PM

Well maybe if he was a little bit nicer to her lol

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scapegoat 01-02-2013 11:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CoffeeLove (Post 2139586)
The bolivians cause no harm to anyone though..they're really peaceful especially compared to the krib.

until they start breeding

Bandit1200 01-02-2013 11:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CoffeeLove (Post 2139704)
Well maybe if he was a little bit nicer to her lol

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If he was nicer to her she'll just end pairing off with one of his friends...

CoffeeLove 01-03-2013 03:33 PM

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Originally Posted by scapegoat (Post 2139868)
until they start breeding

Nah, both of them are definitely males.

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