Kribensis Cichlids: Species Care And Tips

Kribensis cichlids fish

Last updated on July 20th, 2022 at 07:18 pm

Kribensis cichlids are a type of kribensis fish that is commonly kept in aquariums. They are one of the most popular breeds. They are small, algae-eating fish that is native to Africa. These fish are often found in the aquariums of kribensis enthusiasts because they are easy to care for and have beautiful colors.

They can be kept in a community aquarium with other fish that are of similar size. They should not be kept with larger fish, as they may become prey.

These fish prefer a well-planted aquarium with a lot of hiding places. They also should be kept in an aquarium that has floating plants, as this will help to dim the light.

These cichlids are very shy fish and do not like being disturbed or handled by other people. It is often best if only one person handles them at a time because they have been known to be aggressive towards other people.

These fish are also very territorial and will not enjoy being kept with any large or dominant fish. They should only have other kribensis cichlids in the tank because they like to live in schools of about five individuals, although larger groups can work as well.

Origin and descriptions

Kribensis cichlids fish

The Kribensis cichlid fish is a brightly colored tropical fish that is native to Africa. They are one of the most popular aquarium fish and can be found in pet stores around the world. There are many different color variations of the krib, but all have a characteristic banded pattern on their body.

They are peaceful fish and can be kept in community tanks with other non-aggressive fish, although they can sometimes be territorial. They grow to about six inches in length and make excellent aquarium pets. They are easy to care for and will thrive in a tank that has moderate water flow and plenty of hiding places.

The krib is a member of the cichlid family and is a mouth-breeding type of fish. Mouth breeding means that they breed and care for their young in their mouth, so they are not scattered throughout the tank to be eaten by other fish or sucked into filter intakes.

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Species profile

Kribensis cichlids fish

The Kribensis cichlids fish is a peaceful and active species. It should be kept in aquariums of at least 30 gallons with other non-aggressive tankmates to share the space. The substrate should consist of sand rather than gravel as it prefers digging around for leftover food bits on the bottom, however, decorating the tank with rocks and driftwood will help to create hiding places.

This species is a prolific breeder, laying eggs on any flat surface available. The parents will typically guard the eggs and fry until they are able to fend for themselves.

Scientific name

The scientific name of the Kribensis cichlids fish is Pelvicachromis pulcher

Range and habitat

The range of the kribensis cichlid fish is Africa, specifically in the rivers and lakes of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They inhabit areas with dense vegetation where they can find cover to protect themselves from predators.

They are an adaptable species and have been introduced into other parts of the world, including Europe and North America.

The kribensis cichlid thrives in shallow water, where there are aquatic plants. They can be found near the shoreline and basking on rocks or other structures that rise out of the water’s surface.

Kribensis cichlid size

Kribensis cichlids can grow up to an average length of six inches. They weigh approximately two ounces on average as well.

Kribensis cichlid tank size

A kribensis cichlid tank size should be at least 20 gallons. They are schooling fish and will do best when kept in groups of six or more.

Life cycle 

Kribensis cichlids are oviparous, which means they lay their eggs in the water. The females will be ready to reproduce when they reach two inches long.

Females can produce about 20-30 eggs at once and after fertilization, they hatch within 48 hours into free-swimming fry. At this stage, they are very vulnerable to being eaten by other fish in the tank.

The fry will stay close to their mother for protection and she will help them find food. It can take up to two months for them to become fully independent.

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Kribensis cichlids have a lifespan of approximately six years.

Are kribensis cichlids aggressive or peaceful?

Kribensis cichlids are usually considered to be a peaceful fish, but there can be some aggression among males. They may also become territorial around their food supply or breeding grounds. It is important to provide plenty of hiding places for them in the aquarium to help diffuse any potential conflicts.

Kribensis cichlid care

Kribensis cichlids fish

Kribensis cichlids are a fairly easy fish to care for and can be kept in a wide range of water conditions. They do best when kept in an aquarium that is at least 20 gallons in size and has plenty of places to hide. The water should have a pH between neutral and slightly acidic, and a temperature between 72-82 degrees F.

Kribensis cichlids are a very active fish and need plenty of space to swim. They will do best when given a diet that consists mostly of live food, they can also be fed pellets or flakes, but they should only be given small amounts as a treat.

What they eat

Kribensis cichlids are omnivorous fish, which means they eat both meat and plant matter. In the wild, kribensis feed on small crustaceans, insects, insect larvae, and planktonic organisms like algae.

They also occasionally hunt other fish in groups known as “sleeping herds”. These other fish include guppies, platys and mollies.

In the home aquarium, they can be fed a variety of things, including live food like bloodworms, brine shrimp, or tubifex worms; frozen food like mosquito larvae, or daphnia; and prepared foods like pellets or flakes.

Kribensis cichlid tank mates

Kribensis cichlids can be kept with a variety of other fish, but should not be housed with any large or aggressive fish. Some good tank mates include other small cichlids, danios, tetras, and barbs.

They can also be kept with some invertebrates like snails and shrimp.

Water conditions

Kribensis cichlids are fairly hardy fish and can live in a wide range of water conditions. They do best when kept at around 70 degrees F, but should be able to tolerate temperatures between 50-80 degrees F without any problems.

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They first temperature should be maintained between 72-82 degrees F, the second should not exceed 86 degrees F.

The pH of the water should be between neutral and slightly acidic, with a KH value of around 120 ppm (parts per million) or more.

The water should also be well-oxygenated and have a good filter to keep it clean.

Breeding kribensis

Kribensis cichlids fish

Kribensis cichlids breeding is a relatively easy process and can be accomplished with just a few basic steps.

The first step is to set up your breeding aquarium. This should be a 20 gallon or larger tank with plenty of live plants and caves or other hiding places for the fish to spawn in. The water temperature should be around 78 degrees F, and the pH should be around neutral.

Next, you will need to set up a breeding trap. This can be done using a small net or a mesh cup placed in the aquarium. The breeding trap should be filled with spawning mops, java moss, or some other type of soft material that the kribensis cichlids will instinctively spawn on.

Once your aquarium is set up, it’s time to add the fish. You will need a male and female kribensis cichlid for breeding. The male will be larger and more brightly colored than the female.

The fish will typically start spawning within a few days of being introduced to the breeding tank. The eggs will be laid on the spawning mops or java moss in the breeding trap. Once they are laid, it is important to remove them from the aquarium so that they do not get eaten by the parents or other fish.

The eggs will hatch within a few days, and the fry will then need to be fed small amounts of baby brine shrimp or other suitable food. They will also need to be cleaned regularly to prevent them from becoming covered in algae.

Kribensis cichlid lifespan

Kribensis cichlids have a lifespan of around five years in captivity. In the wild, they can live up to eight years.

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Parasites and diseases

Kribensis cichlids suffer from a variety of parasites and diseases, the most common ones are ichthyophthirius (ick) and hole in the head disease.


Kribensis cichlids are preyed upon by a variety of predators, both in the wild and in captivity. Some common predators include other fish, birds, and mammals. In the wild, kribensis cichlids can fall victim to large fish such as bass and catfish, as well as snakes and otters. In captivity, they can be preyed upon by fish such as plecostomus.

Kribensis cichlids are also food for a variety of birds in the wild including egrets and herons. Even large mammals like alligators can try to hunt them! Because their small size makes it easy for them to be eaten, kribensis cichlids must use their coloration and behavior to avoid being dinner.

Their only natural predator is the Nile crocodile. However, Kribensis cichlids have been observed being preyed upon by sharks as well.

Do they make good pets?

Yes! Kribensis cichlids make great pets for a number of reasons. They are small and easy to care for, they are colorful and interesting to watch, and they are relatively peaceful fish that can be kept in community tanks.

Although, they do require a bit more attention than some other fish, as they need clean water and regular feeding.


Kribensis cichlids are great fish for anyone looking for a colorful, interesting pet. They can be kept in community tanks and require less attention than many other popular aquarium species. Additionally, kribensis cichlids are preyed upon by a variety of large predators both in the wild and in captivity.