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    I was wondering if a pair of Kribs and a pair of BN Plecos can get along? Both have proven to spawn. Thanks
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    how big a tank? Both can be territorial during spawning and hatching, the BN's don't go in much for post in cave fry care but the kribs certainly do.
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    It would be a 32g. Just trying to figure best way to cut my # of aquariums from 4 to 3 and reduce some clutter in the rec room.

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    I've successfully kept kribs and BN in the same tank. In one instance the kribs spawned but not the BN - a 40g tank. In the other, both spawned but that was a 120 community tank and there was lots of room for everyone to co-habit.
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    Okay thanks for the input.

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    Same question....sort of. More to do with Kribs and platies co-existing.
    Currently I have a 65g with 3 platies, 1 guppy, two Blueberry Tetras, two cory's and two BN plecos. In my 32g I have a pair of Albino LFBN Plecos, along with some where between 20-30 babies(different sizes as from three different spawning's). My last tank is 20G with my pair of Kribs. Without adding another aquarium I need to create more room for the baby plecos to grow. I want to at least put some of the bigger plecos in the the 20g but im afraid if i do that, then i have to put the Kribs in my 65. If i have to put them in the 65 then i will have to move the guppy and im not sure about the platies which is fine. I'm just not sure if i should move the guppies and platies (if need be) from the 65 to the 20 or if i should put them in the 32 since it is bigger. I plan on keeping the pair of plecos in the 32, let them spawn and then wait for the new babies to grow a bit before putting them into the 20.
    Any help, advice or suggestions would be great. I have a feeling I'm going about this all wrong so don't be afraid to pick apart my plan, as long as you can offer a different.
    Thanks everyone!

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    I've seen kribs co-exist with livebearers as long as there is plenty of good hiding cover. I haven't tried it personally but have seen tanks where it is done successfully.
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    The kribs (or Pelvicachromis species) is a relatively peaceful dwarf cichlid. They will do fine with any community style fish. Keep in mind that they are a cichlid so when spawning, they exhibit typical cichlid aggressive behaviour. I keep my P subocellatus with my skiffia and my monty's. Good luck and enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyro View Post
    The kribs (or Pelvicachromis species) is a relatively peaceful dwarf cichlid. They will do fine with any community style fish. Keep in mind that they are a cichlid so when spawning, they exhibit typical cichlid aggressive behaviour. I keep my P subocellatus with my skiffia and my monty's. Good luck and enjoy.
    I second all of that and H2osanity's remarks about kribs and live bearers. I have several of the combos you are suggesting:
    • 2 trios of kribs in with some BN plecos, angels, corys and a few others. Heavily planted 90 gallon. There is a krib spawn active right now. The krib parents have claimed about a third of the tank.
    • 1 trio of kribs with 2 BN pleco females in a well planted 20. No problems, periodic krib spawning.
    • 4 kribs (1 male, 3 females) with 6 adult platies, 3 pearl gouramis and some other stuff in a well planted 50. No problems, periodic krib spawns and baby platies almost always evident.


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    Thanks for the info. One reason I was concerned is I used to have two Kribs in the 32 and had 3 danios and 4 neon tetras. Well within a day I only had one neon. Also somewhere I had read that Kribs love to eat guppies. However that is just one post I read online and for every post I find online I can find something that totally contradicts it LOL.
    So I guess I will put the Kribs in with them and see what happens. Hopefully there is enough hiding spots for them. (Tank is only lightly planted at present time w/ a couple coconut shells, some marble sculpture thing and wood)

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