Kribensis fry

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09 Dec 2016 22:25 #1 by robert (robert carter)
Hi , my 10 gallon breeding now contains about 40 11week old kribensis fry . They are about one inch long ,feed very well and appear very healthy, now my question at what age do i need to start splitting them , i know they can be an agressive fish and wonder how much longer i can leave them in the one tank . Its my first brreding and its been great fun watching them grow

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10 Dec 2016 17:51 #2 by robert (robert carter)
Any views about this lads

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10 Dec 2016 17:58 #3 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
At 1 inch you can safely move them on (Local fish stores offer credit for them) Or sell them on Facebook...

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10 Dec 2016 18:01 #4 by robert (robert carter)
But if i hang onto them a bit longer is there any chance they will become aggessive with each other

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10 Dec 2016 18:32 - 10 Dec 2016 18:33 #5 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
They should be fine until they get a bit bigger...They will eventually though need a bigger grow out tank if you plan on keeping them longer (Otherwise you will stunt their growth)...The real problems will arise when they get to breeding size...Once the breeding age is reached they will start to kick the crap out of each other...

You can use this general rule of thumb with most Cichlids...

Its the breeding instinct that causes the aggression and territory issues...

Nine times out of ten if a Cichlid is becoming aggressive its because its moving into breeding mode and doesnt want any others around to interfere...Hence all the chasing and bullying of other fish from certain areas of the tank and sometimes the whole tank...

Ive seen a pair of Kribs who bred dominate 3 quarters of a 280 litre tank...Every single other fish was pushed to the far end no matter what size it was (and some fish were 4 times their size)...They even attacked my hand any time i put it in the tank near their territory...

So in my opinion move them on sooner rather than later...But at 1 inch your ok for the time being...
Last edit: 10 Dec 2016 18:33 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered).

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