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Old 01-17-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Will Dry Foods Work In Conditioning Fish to Breed?


Can kribensis be conditioned to breed by using only dry food? My bother feels that live food is required to really condition them for good breeding even though the quality of pellets is very high.

We have keep fish tanks for 50 years now and in the early decades only fed live foods exclusively. These days it's JUST the opposite and I use New Life Spectrum exclusively, with good results, but never breeding anything. My brother says his experience with livebearers such as guppies and mollies showed that breeding is not nearly as good with dry foods exclusively. I say that part of that is the MUCH lower quality of these fish coming from Asia.

So this question is to those members that have experience using various types of food in prep for breeding. Have you had good results, in particular with kribensis, in using dry foods in breeding?
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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True live food does help, but i also seem to have the best luck with frozen foods, like "blood worms" . Dry food can work, but it's not a inticer per say. With dry foods your more relying on the environment your keeping them in if that makes any sense.
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I've got 80 or so Kribensis fry in two different tanks, and a third pair acting like they're about to spawn. I certainly haven't fed any live food to the three sets of parents in months. I just feed high quality flake and pellet food.
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Thanks CrypticLife, I forgot to include frozen foods.
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I've got 80 or so Kribensis fry in two different tanks, and a third pair acting like they're about to spawn. I certainly haven't fed any live food to the three sets of parents in months. I just feed high quality flake and pellet food.
You've done a great job then MCchambers. I'll call my brother and share your success. He can decide what to do the the information, lol.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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I've got 80 or so Kribensis fry in two different tanks, and a third pair acting like they're about to spawn. I certainly haven't fed any live food to the three sets of parents in months. I just feed high quality flake and pellet food.
I have another question. Do you use R/O water and/or what are the conditions of your tap water?
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:12 PM   #7
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I mostly use tap water. It's fairly neutral in pH, around 7, and not particularly hard or soft. At times I have supplemented with rainwater, but did not for the most recent spawnings.
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live once in a week will induce them to breed
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #9
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Before I even opened this thread, the thought in my head was an instant 'NO'. But once I saw you have Kribensis....then the answer if a YES! In fact, Kribs don't even need to be "conditioned".

You simply add water and those things will be kicking out babies in a week!!!!
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Thanks Option, my brother just got a really gorgeous pair of Kribs. He has them in our very hard tap water and uses pellet foods. The male seems overly aggressive to the female, so he is considering getting at least one more female.
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The male seems overly aggressive to the female, so he is considering getting at least one more female.
Congrats! Just beware that once the male pairs off with a female then the second female will get bullied and maybe even killed.
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I agree on the caution. I've also had females attack the males after spawning. Hard to predict what will happen. Helps if the tank is fairly spacious, I think.
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