New kribs! Female(?) burrowing??

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So my boyfriend and I got two kribs, a male and female supposedly. One is for sure a male and the other I can't tell because she's burrowed in the sand under a rock... The two never are together so I guess they aren't pairing but idk. Is this normal behavior? ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1437770895.662759.jpgImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1437770914.288058.jpg
Here is the male pointing right at the hole.
ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1437770959.145603.jpghere you can see the supposed female's tail sticking out
ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1437770984.205856.jpgand I'm posting this last one for fun because the new severum (literally added minutes ago) was perfectly blocking the burrow I was trying to photograph.


 
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She just popped her head out for a perfect picture ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1437771100.779316.jpg


 

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Actually, she is doing exactly what she's supposed to do. They often dig underneath things and make their own caves. I had one female dig a cave under a piece of driftwood - right next to a perfectly good coconut shell! If the male is hanging around, he's waiting for her to finish and come out a'courtin'.
 
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Cool! So then it isn't two males you think? It's hard to tell :/
Also, if they lay eggs and the eggs actually hatch, do you think the babies will live? Do the parents raise them at all? I have a live bearer fry tank, could I keep krib fry in there? I've never kept egg laying fish that actually mate and do all this...


 

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I have a friend with a breeding pair, and both parents trade off watching the fry.
 
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How long will they watch the fry for? Will I have to intervene?


 

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Some pairs are reasonable parents, others can be terrors when they have fry. But they generally can raise the fry for a month or so before they want to spawn again.

The female is the one that does the digging, I have seen submissive males hide in caves, but never dig one out.
 
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Okay, so there's some big fish in the tank, will the fry get eaten if I don't take them out or will they be big enough by the time the parents stop parenting?


 

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The fry will have to be removed. If the livebearer fry are roughly the same size, they should be fine with them.
 
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I'm just worried I'll remove them too soon and they'll die.


 

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Just wait to remove them until the parents stop swimming with them, and instead try to scare them off.
 

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