Max Size: 10cm

Kribensis Cichlid (Pelvicachromis Pulcher)

Kribensis Cichlids are beautiful, friendly, peaceful, and very easy to care for. Their unique colour pattern and relatively high activity level make them an excellent member of the community aquarium. However, it is not advisable to keep them with very vigorous or large species as they are generally a shy and withdrawing fish. These fish have a unique appearance with a variety of eye-popping colours.

These fish have a base colouration that varies from grey to white. Accentuating that base colour is a conspicuous black stripe that runs from the eyes to the tail. You might also see black colouration on the top of the head. Their dorsal and tail fins are edged in red and yellow. Long pelvic fins are pretty standard with this species as well. Some of these fish have brightly-coloured pelvic fins covered in strips of metallic blue.

Kribensis Cichlids also have black dots. It’s a type of imitation that looks like eyes. You might see these dots on the top of the fan-shaped tail fin as well as the tips of the dorsal fin.

Kribensis Cichlid Variants

Albino Kribensis
Quick Facts
Scientific NamePelvicachromis Pulcher
Other NamesKrib, Purple Cichlid, Palette Cichlid, Rainbow Krib, Pink Kribensis Cichlid, King 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℃

Photos of the Kribensis Cichlid

Rainbow kribs
Rainbow kribs
Kribensis Cichlid

Natural Habitat

The kribensis cichlids originated from the Nigerian rivers, in particular, these fish are said to be natives to the Ethiopian rivers around the outflows of the River Niger Delta, Cameroon and Benin in West and West-Central Africa.

They inhabit shallow, slow almost still flowing waters usually heavily vegetated. Some populations exist in soft and acidic water and some in brackish conditions.

What to feed the Kribensis Cichlid

The Kribensis Cichlid will accept most foods. You can feed them high-quality flake food, but good quality Cichlid pellets are better as a staple, as these fish tend to stay around the bottom levels, so select pellets that are compact enough to make it down there.

Make sure the diet is varied with regular feedings of live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworm and mosquito larvae. They will also accept vegetables like small chunks of zucchini as well as mashed peas.

How to sex the Kribensis Cichlid

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.

How to breed the Kribensis Cichlid

The Kribensis Cichlid is considered straightforward to breed. Clean water is required, and you should condition them for a few weeks before so they are healthy and to induce spawning.

They will take responsibility for their young and will protect their babies from any intruders.

You will require a cave structure made out of an overturned flowerpot, rocks or even some PVC piping.

The female will initiate spawning by dancing in front of the male. They will then select a cave where the female will deposit her eggs on the inside of the top part of the structure, and the male will then fertilise the eggs. The female will then guard and protect her eggs whilst the males guards her and the eggs.

Around 5 to 7 days later the Kribensis Cichlid eggs will hatch and then 5-7 days after that the fry will become free-swimming. An excellent first food would be infusoria type foods such as powdered flake food or baby brine shrimp.

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Date Added: 20/10/2020 - Updated: 07/12/2021 13:28:47