Max Size: 10cm

Kribensis Cichlid (Pelvicachromis Pulcher)

Keeping Kribensis Cichlids, Pelvicachromis Pulcher, is easy, pleasant, and peaceful. They are an excellent addition to any community aquarium due to their unique colour pattern and high activity level. However, they are generally shy and withdrawing fish, so keeping them with very vigorous or large species is not recommended.

Often, Kribensis Cichlids are kept in a community aquarium; however, choose their tankmates carefully. It is possible for them to nip the fins of slow-moving fish, such as angelfish, despite their peaceful nature. To avoid competition for territory, choose a species of Cichlid that does not dwell on the bottom of the aquarium. In addition, kribensis are territorial about caves and shouldn't be kept with other cave-dwelling species.

You should provide each fish with one or two caves, even if you aren't planning to spawn them. The most commonly used materials are stable rock formations and flowerpots. A cave does not need to be large, but it must be structurally sound and have only one entrance to allow in minimal light. Make sure the opening's edges are smooth.

It is essential that the aquarium itself is well-planted with natural or artificial plants. Although these fish do not generally damage vegetation, kribensis Cichlids like to burrow and may uproot plants. Gravel of fine, dark colour is preferred by them, which they will quickly rearrange to suit their needs. Provide an open swimming area in addition to caves and plant cover. As a result of its undemanding water parameters, Kribensis Cichlids are a popular fish.

A variety of eye-popping colours distinguish Kribensis Cichlids from other fish species. There are several shades of grey to white in the base colouration of these fish. The black stripe running from the eye to the tail accentuates that base colour. On top of the head, you might also see black colouration.

Red and yellow edges surround their dorsal and tail fins. It is also common for this species to have long pelvic fins. Some individuals have brightly coloured pelvic fins covered in metallic blue stripes. Additionally, these Cichlids have black dots, a type of imitation that looks like eyes. These dots may be found on the fan-shaped tail fin and the dorsal fin tips.

For the aquarium trade, an albino form of the species has been developed. Unlike normal albinism, Kribensis Cichlids are incompletely dominant; the trait is not recessive.


Rainbow kribs
Rainbow kribs
Kribensis Cichlid

Kribensis Cichlid Variants

Albino Kribensis
Quick Facts
Scientific NamePelvicachromis Pulcher
Other Names Rainbow Krib, Pink Kribensis, Krib, Purple Cichlid, King Cichlid, Palette Cichlid,
OriginsBenin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 5+
Lifespan5 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH5 - 20
75 - 79℉
23.9 - 26.1℃


In the home aquarium, the Kribensis Cichlid will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively easy to differentiate male from female Kribs. Females are slightly smaller, have a reddish-pink belly. The red becomes more intense during the breeding season and is rounder-bodied than males. In contrast, males are bigger, have long and pointed dorsal, caudal and anal fins. The dorsal fin is dramatically curved to a point towards the back of the body.

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Date Added: 20/10/2020 - Updated: 31/08/2022 12:59:53