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Kribensis Cichlid

Picture of Kribensis/purple cichlid
Common nameKribensis, Krib, Rainbow Krib, Purple cichlid
Scientific namePelvicachromis pulcher
SynonymsPelmatochromis kribensis (based on a misidentification)
Size4" (10cm), females smaller.
OriginNigeria, and coastal zone of Cameroon.
Tank setupPlanted aquarium with rocks or bogwood for shelter. A 2ft (60cm) tank would be the minimum for a pair, a 3ft (90cm) or larger would be suggested if kept as part of a community tank.
CompatibilityOften kept in community tanks, but can be very aggressive when spawning.
Temperature24-27oC (75-80oF)
Water chemistryNot critical, a wide range is tolerated, but medium hard with a pH of 6.5-8.0 is fine. May be found in slightly brackish waters.
FeedingOmnivorous, will eat most aquarium foods including granular and flake foods, and frozen/live foods.
SexingThe male is larger and has longer dorsal and anal fins, mature females have a pronounced purple stomach region.
BreedingCave spawners: the female will guard the fry while the male guards the territory.
CommentsThe fish commonly known as the "Krib" is just one of several similar species in the genus Pelvicachromis, and the species originally given this name is not the species commonly seen in the hobby.


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