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South American  
Apistogramma
    agassizii
    atahualpa
    baenschi
    borellii
    cacatuoides
    commbrae
    geisleri
    gephyra
    gibbiceps
    hoignei
    hongsloi
    iniridae
    macmasteri
    ortmanni
    panduro
    paucisquamis
    pertensis
    rubrolineata
    sp. "Abacaxis"
    sp. "Putumayo"
    sp. "Steel Blue"
    steindachneri
    uaupesi
    xingu

West African 
Nanochromis
   parilus
   transvestitus
Pelvicachromis
    pulcher
    roloffi
    subocellatus
    taeniatus



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Pelvicachromis Pulcher

Male Pelvicachromis pulcher
Pelvicachromis pulcher male
            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.

        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
Pelvicachromis pulcher group
        Pelvicachromis adults. Although aggressive when spawning, P. pulcher is not an overly aggressive species and a group can often be housed successfully if  the proper environment is provided.
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.

Pelvicachromis pulcher male
Pelvicachromis pulcher male

    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.

      




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