Other Kribensis Names: Kribensis, krib, nigerian cichlid, purple cichlid

Kribensis Scientific Name: Pelvicachromis pulcher

Kribensis (Pelvicachromis pulcher))

Temperature Range: 71°F-81°F
pH Range: 5.5-7.6
Hardness Range: 0-12°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: African Cichlids, Other

Kribensis Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)

Kribensis Life Expectancy: 5 years

Kribensis Habitat: Central Africa; found in shallow areas of slow-moving, vegetation choked rivers in the Niger River Delta and other small rivers in South Nigeria. The Krib is found in both brackish and freshwater rivers.

Kribensis Minimum Tank Size: 15 gallons

Kribensis Temperament: Generally peaceful but may become territorially aggressive while spawning.

Kribensis Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - Live; crustaceans, insect larvae, aquatic insects, Tubifex, flying insects; flakes; pellets.

Kribensis Description:

The Krib is a fish that is quite easy to keep. They are a very hard fish and tolerant of most water conditions. They come from streams in Africa that run into the Atlantic through Nigeria and other countries bordering, and just beyond bordering the westernmost part of Nigeria. There are actually many different species of fish that fall under the genus Pelvicachromis, the genus that the Krib is a part of. Because of that, you may see fish being sold as kribs from time to time that have different patterns or colors. Because of the streams they come from, it has often been published that they do better with a bit of salt in the water. While it is true that all fish do better with a little bit of salt in the water, it is strongly recommended that you do not make the water brackish for the Krib. Frankly, they donít live all that much in salty water, and the reason for that is they donít like it.

The rivers they come in are usually on the neutral side and sometimes border on being soft/acid. Youíll find that the Krib can handle most water conditions without problem because of this, though Iíd still recommend keeping them in water with a pH above 7.5.

Heating is important with the Krib as it is with most all aquarium fish. However, they are not overly demanding of temperature, and will do well in most aquariums that are kept between 70-80į C.

Eating is another category that is important for the Krib as with all fish and humans. Fortunately for the Krib, or its owner, this fish readily will eat just about anything you throw at it. I tend to use pellets as cichlids usually spend most of their time near the bottom of the tank and seem to be happier with their food coming to them then having to travel to get their meals.

All the keeping aside, the Krib is a beautiful fish. Itís colors are bright and vibrant, especially when the male is ready for breeding. (which is frankly, most of the time) The Krib typically has a bright red line at the top of itís dorsal fin, that has a sold black strip just below it. The body is stripped with black and white/cream. Tails tend to be yellow on top and purple or white on the bottom. Females have a very purple body and pelvic fins that help to give the impression of a much larger belly than they really have.

Truly this is a great fish that I can suggest to anyone based on its color and ease of keeping, but until youíve breed the fish, you are missing out!

Tank Mate Compatibility: Small livebearers, small tetras, cory cats, plecos

Kribensis Breeding & Spawning: The Kribensis. is one of the easiest fish to breed, and that is probably the reason that they trade so cheaply within the aquarium hobby. Iím convinced that any other fish that was this pretty would be much more expensive if it wasnít so easy to get so many of them.

Determining Kribensis Sex: Males are larger with pointed anal, dorsal, and caudal fins. The female is brighter in color and during the spawning season, will develop a deep pink-red to purple belly coloration.

Aquarium Region: All over

Kribensis Diseases: None specific to species

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