Kribensis Stocking Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by karl hazlehurst, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. karl hazlehurstNew MemberMember

    Hi I have got 4 kribensis and was wondering why they are aggressive with other fish in the tank. Would removing the male calm them down? What could be kept with them?
  2. Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    They are naturally territorial fish and will clear other fish from an area in order to lay eggs and bring up fry and will defend their eggs and young from potential predators (which means any animal big enough to fit an egg or fry in its mouth).

    Other fish simply scatter their eggs so don't require this behaviour which takes up energy.

    If you asking what could be kept in their territory I suspect the answer is nothing ideally. Anything weaker would be chased (with the intention of chasing it out of the territory which is impossible in a small aquarium). Anything stronger would stress the kribs out.

    Mine bred in my six foot tank and required 4 ft of the tank in which to breed. The rest of my community fish occupied only the 2ft remaining. They were hard working parents and worked brilliantly as a team.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018
  3. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    1 Krib usually do well in a community tank. But any higher number than that, about 80% of the time they can and will become aggressive!
  4. yukondogWell Known MemberMember

    If you only keep one I would recommend a male, females can be a bit. I have kept a pair in a community tank and they were good until they breed and then all fish were a threat, they are excellent parents and will protect there fry at all cost.

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