kribensis, being bullied

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Hi,

I've got two kribs which I put in 3 weeks ago. One is much larger than the other, I can't tell the sex between them. The larger one keeps chasing the smaller one whenever it's in sight. The smaller one just cowers and hides up near the filter all day, every day.

I don't want it to keep getting stressed and I'm not sure on what to do. I'm fairly new to this and would appreciate any help
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Could you post pics of each one so we can sex them?
This is a 180g tank?
 

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Yea they are pretty easily sexed. Like Anders said, pics would help. I have a single female Krib in my community tank. She was very nervous for a few days but has since become the biggest character in the tank. I avoided a pair as I had no desire for breeding.


 

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Wow, in a 180 gal tank. I'm surprised that in a tank that size it would be a problem. I'm assuming you have lots of cover for hiding.
 
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I'll grab some pics tomorrow. Yea I have a variety of hiding places, plants and ornaments in. Feel sorry for the poor thing, I'm new to kribs so not accustomed to their behaviour

It's a 180 litre tank sorry not Gallon, I'm from the UK. Essentially that's around 40 gallons
 
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I have two Kribensis also, I think both are female. One is bigger than the other and chases the other one out. But both of them still retain the color so I'm not really worried.

Kribensis3 (1).JPG Kribensis3 (2).JPG
 
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Dom90 they look great! I have a female as well. She's really been coloring up a ton lately. Still got much of a pink stomach though. One of yours have a ton of pink on her stomach! ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1436146921.371801.jpg


 

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Yep they just got their coloring in the past couple days. But to the OP, try to figure out the sex. Most likely you have 1 male and 1 female and the bigger one is the male harrassing the other smaller one, a female.
 
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Hi guys, sorry for the delay. This is the smaller kribensis, hard to photograph as she hides up there all day

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And the bigger one

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Yes at the moment, I just picked up a little 20 litre tank for breeding but it needs cycled

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Well it sure isn't going to survive long where it's at. If the 20l is the best you can do then that's better than letting it be bullied to death.
 

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It's a 180 litre tank sorry not Gallon, I'm from the UK. Essentially that's around 40 gallons

I believe the kribs are in the Op's 40 gallon, more hiding places may help but if not then the small tank would be a respite for it until you can either rehome it or start off your Mts
 
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So we think I should take out the smaller one? Any ideas on sexing?

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I think the one in the first pic is female and the one in the second pic is male, not sure though because I'm no expert on them.
 

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It's really hard to tell because both of them don't really have any color.


 
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