Why are these fish so shy?
I have two pairs of Kribs in a 60 x 30 x 30cm tank, with flowerpots, bogwood, rocks and some Anubias. The ph is 7.6, temperature 24.5°C. I bought them because I have been told they were easy to keep and breed but they just seem to hide all the time. What am I doing wrong?
They’ve been in the tank for six weeks and I feed frozen and sinking foods and do a weekly 20% water change. Water quality is good with no signs of any ammonia or nitrite. ADAM WRIGHT, BY EMAIL
JEREMY SAYS: Kribs are essentially rock and cave dwelling and will spend a lot of time in and around places where they can hide.
Of my pair, the female spends most of her time under wood, rocks or a coconut shell cave. This is normal, and close observations are that she is being very industrious, digging, cleaning and nesting. She will be looking for areas to spawn on as well as areas close by to move the fry to once they’ve hatched.
Are your Kribs young fish? There are many reports of immature males not knowing what to do, resulting in frustrated females. Are they siblings? If so try some new blood, preferably a large, unrelated male. And maybe remove one of the pairs. I wouldn’t have two cichlid pairs in a tank of that size as it may be causing underlying stress by way of the males/females being able to swap partners on demand. Try just one pair and see if that works better.
Don’t be tempted to lift the hideouts your Kribs are in and inspect. I found eggs last time I did this: they didn’t hatch and now my Kribs haven’t spawned since.