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Old 01-28-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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Planted kribensis breeder (10g)


So I've been setting up this tank for months with hiccups along the way as far as not knowing exactly what to get for the tank but here's what I have, I have the tank of course, glass canopy, finnex fugeray LED fixture (10w 96 LED's) which gives me roughly 50 PAR, AC20 for filtration alto I will be switching to a rapids pro mini canister filter (80GPH), jäger submersible heater (50w), flourite black sand substrate, marina micro LED blue LED lunar lights, rotala indica, cryptocoryne wendtii, anubias nana, and a male and female pelvicachromis pulcher. The male is about 3" and female a little over and inch. They have 1 PVC cave buried in the substrate. Plants have been in the tank since Saturday and Kribs since yesterday. My questions are will the make be aggressive towards the female because if size difference? I've been keeping a close eye on them. And will the blue lunar LED's affect my plant growth in a negative way? How large of water changes should I do? I'm only planning on 20% ever 2 weeks or so. I have flourish brand fertilizers for the tank I will be dosing weekly including ,nitrogen potassium phosphorous and trace. Also photoperiod is set at 6hours a day right now and I'm planning in upping it to 8 hours after a while can I go 10 hours eventually? It's a low-tech setup so there is no added CO2
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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10g is too small for a pair of kirbs. When you get a spawn, you're going to see anywhere from 40-120 fry and that tank is not capable of supporting that many fish... let alone a single juvie and it's parents; who will chase the juvie and probably kill it in order to make the tank "safe" again for breeding.

try paragraphs too. I'm not really sure what you're asking because there are too many questions in a row without spacing so I ignored them and probably answered something you're not asking.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:56 PM   #3
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I got the idea from my friend who breeds Kribs. She has been doing it for years in a 10g tank. And hers isn't planted hers is pretty bare. She gave me the idea to plant it giving a more natural feel for the Kribs and better water quality. And I was never good at English class I have no idea when to begin or end paragraphs and am know for run on sentences lol so sorry about that in advance
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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I agree that 10G is small for a breeding pair of kribs. The male grows larger than the female, so I wouldn't be worried about that. I think the recommended minimum is 29G. I have a pair in a 55G community planted tank and wouldn't do smaller.

To really see their parenting skills in action and reduce any aggression toward each other you will need dither fish. Some curious enough to come near them while they are spawning, but fast enough to escape unharmed. This keeps their aggression toward other fish and not on each other, which is the more natural setting for them.

They can also potentially spawn monthly and will quickly turn on their current young fry into threats the moment they are ready to spawn again. You will need to have a plan to regularly rehome lots of fry.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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I want dithers but don't know what I can get that's small enough and fast enough to fit with them in the 10g. Maybe some neon tetras? Or celestial pearl danios? And I'm getting another 10g with a sponge filter for fry
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:16 PM   #6
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I think most schooling fish (tetra, danio, rasbora. barbs) would work fine as long as they are top or middle swimmers.

With that said, should should seriously consider getting a bigger tank.

I 10G can be used as a growout tank, but I wouldn't use it for a pair of kribs plus dither fish. There's just not enough room.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:18 PM   #7
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Breeding kribs isn't hard. You need a male, a female, a cave and some water. Soon you will have more kribs than you can safely shake a stick at.

10g too small if you have anything else it there with them. When they have fry/eggs to protect they will make a spirited attempt to kill you, nether mind anything else that can't get out of the way. Dither fish are only required to encourage your kribs out into the open where you can see them.

Not sure that a planted tank with kribs is a good idea. Young kribs come equipped with personal teleporters, you'll never catch the blighters.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:19 PM   #8
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I'm gonna get another 10g with a sponge filter for the fry but I am planning in keeping the adults in the 10g. Don't have room for a larger tank. Don't even have room for the fry tank :/ but that's why I don't feel comfortable with the dithers. Seriously considering maybe 5 celestial pearl danios but not sure yet...
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:20 PM   #9
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Blighters??
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:22 PM   #10
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This is the tank currently. I'm going to add a few more plants
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:23 PM   #11
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And here's a full tank shot
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:12 PM   #12
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Blighters??

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/blighters
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #13
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I can see how they r called that now being as they are an annoyance to the Kribs. Thanks for the link
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