Compiled by Dave (The Big Dave)
Krib, Kribensis, Purple cichlid
Lower Nigeria, often in brackish waters
Female; is more better coloured and develops a purple belly, the male
is bigger and less colorful although can be quite colorful is conditions
and settings are right, some develop a pinkish belly and a slight speck
of colour on the top of the rear fin.
Kribs like a heavily planted aquarium that also offers shelter in the
form of caves, rocks etc. In addition an open swimming space should
be provided at the front to view the fish in their entire splendor.
Water chemistry is not critical, as long as the overall quality is good,
but slightly acidic, medium-hard water. Terra cotta vases are also a
good way for them to make a territory and possibly a breeding site are
to are small PVC plastic pipes.
Up to 10cm (4in) for males, females are considerably smaller
- Temperature: 24-28
o C (75 - 82o F)
- Breeding: This
is quite an easy species to breed. Adhesive eggs are usually laid on
the roof of a cave and are guarded mostly by the female, while the male
tends to defend the pairs territory. Once the fry are free-swimming,
both parents undertake guard duties. As many 80 eggs can be laid.
Kribensis are one of the most colorful dwarf cichlids available to aquarists.
To get a pair can be difficult as the female takes everything into account
size, colour and health. The best way to get a pair is to take out a
group of six and let them pair off naturally. Although small they can
be quite aggressive and are not generally suitable to small community
aquariums housing small delicate species. They also do not tolerate
other bottom dwellers and will chase them off. Corydoras are especially
vulnerable to being fin nipped by them as I have experienced. Although
they are recommended as a beginners cichlid.