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Breeding My Kribensis (Day 21-30)

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DAY 21. . .
Finally !!!!!! As i was feeding the Kribs at around 4pm today i noticed the female was nowhere to be seen. I looked inside the PVC pipe and their she was fanning the eggs. I had a quick look and then left the tank alone as i dont want to spook her. Im really hoping they dont eat the eggs this time.

DAY 22. . .
Although this morning the eggs are still in the pipe im not sure that the pair know what to do just yet. I was expecting to not see the Female for a few days and yet at breakfast time she was out with the Male eating. They do go back to the pipe but i have noticed they come out and roam around the tank for a minute or two and then go back. Im not sure if its because i took the Molly's out that they are not "guarding" the eggs as much knowing nothing will harm the eggs or if its a sure sign that they still dont know what to do. I will keep my eyes on the eggs and if i notice a lot of them are missing im going to try and rescue the remainder and raise them without the parents.

DAY 23. . .
The eggs are still intact and the Female seems to be spending most of her time in the pipe and fanning them so thats a good sign. The Male just does his own thing around the tank and rarely enters. They dont seem to mind the Angels being there and i have yet to see any chasing away, even when one of the angels came about 6 inches from where the eggs are.

DAY 24. . .
This morning i got a shock when looking inside the the Pipe and find the eggs on the ground, On closer inspection i can see the eggs shaking ! It looks like they are vibrating but i cant see any babies. The parents are guarding them really well now and the Angelfish are only allowed a corner of the tank, if they swim past the halfway point of the tank the Male comes racing at them.

DAY 25. . .
The eggs are still "vibrating" but they have little white tails sticking out now. Parents are still doing a great job in fanning the eggs and keeping the area safe.

DAY 26. . .
I tried taking pictures of the eggs today but with them being so far down the pipe the picture didnt come out very well. The fry have almost all hatched now and i can see tiny eyes. They are still at the wiggling stage so its hard to count but im going to guess there are around 75-100 . . . . i have no idea what im going to do with that many fry !

DAY 27. . .
Today the fry are capable of swimming and the parents have taken them for a stroll around the tank. The parents have been great acting like body guards for their young. The biggest of the Angels is hiding in the corner of the tank whilst the smaller one is swimming around the tank without the parents bothering.



DAY 28. . .
I cleaned my tank today as there was algae growing on the front of the tank. The parents didnt seem too bothered as i was scrubbing the glass but did keep a close eye on things. The fry are keeping close to the substrate and have not yet swam more than 2 inches off the ground. The parents "eat" any fry that decide to wander off and then spit them back out closer to the group. I have decided to move the Angels to another tank as i felt bad because one just never seemed to move from the corner of the tank.

DAY 29. . .
I have been feeding the fry microworms since they hatched and today i decided to feed them Daphnia. Several of the fry seem to be playing tug o war with it. Its funny to watch them eat because with such a small mouth they seem to be eating a lot.

DAY 30. . .
The parents seem a little more relaxed today, maybe realising that there are no predators in the tank anymore. They both come to the surface now to eat, leaving the fry on there own for a few minutes. The fry still stay close to the bottom and the parents will "eat" any stray ones.

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Updated 05-19-2011 at 02:41 PM by stevenjohn21

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