Kribensis, Krib Cichlid
The Pelvicachromis pulcher or Kribensis is the most popular of the West African dwarf cichlids. Males typically grow to about 3.5" but some get up to 4" in length and females tend to be slightly smaller. They feature a dark stripe that runs from their mouth down to the end of their tail fin and pinkish red abdomens. They also have gold ringed spots on their dorsal and tail fins, and a greenish brown color on their upper bodies.
The Pelvicachromis pulcher or Krib cichlid is generally peaceful and gets along with most other community fish. However, males will show increased levels of aggression when courting females and when breeding. A male will aggressively defend it's claimed territory for breeding even chasing off some bigger fish. Good tankmates for Kribensis include other dwarf cichlids like German Blue Rams or Bolivian Rams, and Angelfish.
Tank Requirements and Feeding:
Pelvicachromis pulcher or Krib cichlid is native to southern Nigeria and to coastal areas of Cameroon. Water in its natural habitat is soft, slightly acidic to neutral pH 5.6-6.2 and the temperature is between 75-79°F. A home aquarium should have similar water conditions. A home aquarium should have plenty of plants and be decorated with rocks or hallow logs and caves for shelter and protection.
In the wild, Pelvicachromis pulcher will feed mostly on vegetable based foods like algae and plants. In a home aquarium they will accept a wide range of commercially prepared foods. It is best to feed them a diet that includes plenty of vegetable based foods like spirulina flakes or sinking pellets.
Great video of a breeding pair of Kribensis cichlids. Notice the dark purple on the belly of the female indicating she is ready to breed.
Krib Cichlids are a sexually dimorphic species of dwarf cichlid. Males are typically larger than females. Males also develop elongated dorsal and anal fins, while females have shorter, rounded fins. The pinkish spot on females will turn very dark, and more purple when courting and breeding.
When breeding, a male and female will choose a cave for spawning and protecting their eggs. Artificial log, and cave decorations work very well for breeding Kribs. Small flower pots and coconut halves are also good options for breeding caves. When courting, the pink color on the female will darken and she will lay her eggs inside the chosen cave. Both the male and the female will defend their cave, and care for the fry.