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gstrydom
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PostPosted: 2007.01.17(Wed)16:03    Post subject: Sexing Kribs Reply with quote

I have 3 Kribensis in a 75g planted community tank. I got 2 first when they were quite small - turned out both males - they have developed into stunning guys with long fins and rainbow colours.
Then I bought another - the guy at the LFS tried his best to ensure a female. This fish is definately rounder and fatter and less colourful.
However, the 2 males ignore her except for chasing her when she nears their respective hiding places- both have claimed part of the tank and defend their territory with vengance against each other, displaying fins and dancing.
At what age do Kribs reach sexual maturity? Could it be that the female is still too young and thus only draws aggression?
or could it be another closet male?
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deserthermit
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PostPosted: 2007.01.20(Sat)8:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have two Krib males at the moment right? And one female?
If this is the case the reason she ain't breeding is more likely stress. With any fish it is usually better to get more females than male because of the stress the male cause on the females.
How large is the female at the moment? Kribs usually mature well over when they are sold in aquarium stores. Though don't kick out the closet male idea. Another idea is that the males are too busy defending their own territories.
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