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My kribensis cichlid prefers a much smaller tank.

Postby cichlidluvr82 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:39 am

Ok first I'd like to start by saying I know I'm going to catch a lot of heat for this post but please don't be too harsh. About 3 weeks ago I brought home 2 kribensis to put in my 45g community tank. My local petco ordered them just for me. I was there when they received the shipment. They received 3 and one was DOA. The other 2 were not looking so good and 1 of them was in very bad shape. I told her I wanted them both so I could hopefully nurse them back to health. She only charged me for 1, because we both were sure the other wouldn't make it. I had a coupon and paid $1 for them. I brought them home and after I acclimated them they were both very stressed, at the bottom of the tank and I thought I would lose them both. The one that was worse off, lived for about 12 hrs. The other at one point I really thought I was going to loose. Super stressed, at the bottom, lathargic and not eating. He also had torn fins and a huge chunk of his tail missing. I put some seachem stress guard in the tank daily and his fins and tail started growing back. He slowly started being less stressed and more active. He was very peaceful at first. But then he seemed stressed again and started going after my platies. I think he may have killed 2 of them but not positive. I couldn't risk keeping him in there. I took my baby betta out of his tank and put a divider in my adult bettas tank. I ended up putting my kribensis in the 5.5g tank. I put in a cave for him and it has a few silk plants, and a moss ball and an aquaclear filter. I told myself it was just temporary until I figured out what I should do with him and my platies. But I love all my fish and didn't want to give up any of them. I thought my kribensis would be super stressed in a much smaller tank but he's the total opposite. He loves his 5.5g. He's not stressed at all, eats better, loves exploring the tank, loves his cave. I've never seen him so happy. My 45g had tons of hides, very large silk plants, driftwood, floating plants and live a u bias and moss balls. I do plan on upgrading him to a 10g soon but isn't it odd for a fish to prefer a small tank?
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Re: My kribensis cichlid prefers a much smaller tank.

Postby cichlidluvr82 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:47 am

Btw I forgot to add my water perameters are perfect and I do weekly water changes.
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Re: My kribensis cichlid prefers a much smaller tank.

Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:18 pm

Thanks for the story. :thumb:
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Re: My kribensis cichlid prefers a much smaller tank.

Postby cichlidluvr82 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:23 pm

I'm just wondering has anyone else had an experience with a fish who preferred a small tank over a much larger tank? I find it very odd, but as long as he's happy that's all that matters. When he was in the 45g he would constantly swim up and down and side to side really close to the glass and just seemed really stressed. That was before putting him in the 5.5g.
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Re: My kribensis cichlid prefers a much smaller tank.

Postby CrawlDaddy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:03 am

I had a Yellow Rock Kribensis, which I recently rehomed, who pretty much stayed in the right 1/4 of my 75 gallon tank. He liked to "hover" about halfway up the water column. He did not seem to prefer a lot of swimming space. However, he fiercely defended the portion of the tank he had claimed and thus has to eventually be rehomed.
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Re: My kribensis cichlid prefers a much smaller tank.

Postby cichlidluvr82 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:54 am

Interesting. I dunno why my kribensis was always stressed in the 45g and now is as happy as can be in the 5.5g. Fish can be so weird!
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Re: My kribensis cichlid prefers a much smaller tank.

Postby cichlidluvr82 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:11 am

Yes, after he initially got better he was fine in the 45g. But then he was always stressed and would swim back and forth and up and down in a small area. When I thought he may have killed two of my platies I couldn't risk anymore deaths due to possible aggression. I thought he was going to freak out in the 5.5g. But he is super happy. I know there's many fish in the 45 but he had so much more room to swim and places to hide. I'm just glad he's happy and I didn't have to part with him. I'm going to be upgrading tanks soon and I'm either going to upgrade him to a 10g acrylic and keep my 45, or I'll be upgrading my 45 to a 60 or 75g and putting him back in the community. Personally I think he's better by himself. I don't have enough space to upgrade both tanks. :(
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