Practical Information About Keeping, Breeding and Buying Dwarf Cichlids
Pelvicachromis pulcher,commonly known as the Kribensis, has been a favorite aquarium fish for many years. This delightful dwarf cichlid from West Africa has it all. It is colorful, can be housed in a community aquarium, it is easy to spawn, it is undemanding of water and food and Pelvicachromis pulcher exhibits many fascinating behaviors.
Pelvicachromis pulcher male
Often called Krib, Kribs or the Krib cichlid, Pelvicachromis pulcher are not the same fish that were originally introduced to the hobby as "kribensis". The true "kribensis" is a color form of Pelvicachromis taeniatus, another beautiful West African dwarf.However, the name Kribensis has been applied to this fish worldwide for so many years that it is now universally accepted as the common name.
Pelvicachromis pulcher is a very common aquarium fish and can be found in the tanks of many if not most pet stores. There are color forms identified by serious breeders but most hobbyists keep this fish in a community tank or as a prelude to the rarer or more difficult Pelvicachromis species.
Kribensis spawn in typical cave spawner fashion. There is often a long courtship leading up to the spawning and the sight of a female krib curled sideways displaying her red swollen belly is a great fish keeping experience. Pairs tend to form tight bonds and after spawning the male stays near the entrance to the spawning cave. The female typically guards the eggs and larval fry.
Once the fry are free swimming the male is actively involved in rearing. The young fish will immediately take newly hatched brine shrimp and will take many prepared foods. These are generally easy cichlids to keep and breed and many experts suggest Pelvicachromis pulcher as a first for cichlid spawning. I suggest that if you have never kept these beauties you ought to give them a try.