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Pelvicachromis pulcher
Kribensis, Purple cichlid
(Boulenger, 1901)

(Other members of the genus Pelvicachromis)

ADULT SIZE: 10 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 24-28 C

FOOD: Feed Pelvicachromis pulcher live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Nigeria


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AQUARIUM CARE: A generally peaceful cichlid, except at spawning times. Due to it's attractive colouration, ease of breeding and small size it is a very popular aquarium fish. Prefers a well planted tank with bogwood, caves, leaf litter, and low level planting.

Kribensis make good community fish until they spawn, when they get very aggressive. In a larger (4 foot) community tank, spawning is possible as long as there is plenty of planting and hiding spaces, otherwise other tank mates will be chased incessantly.

BREEDING: Displaying Kribs are surely a sight to behold. Most strains are easy to spawn, and will guard their young. They herd their shoal of fry around the tank, taking very special care of them. Fry will take refuge in the parents mouth.

Have you bred Pelvicachromis pulcher? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Pelvicachromis pulcher breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Give your fish a treat! Flaked fish foods are excellent nutritionally, but most fish really enjoy tucking into live, or frozen live foods. Insect larvae such as bloodworms can be collected in summertime from your water barrel, but it is also very worthwhile to attempt to culture Daphnia or white worms for a free food source absolutely relished by aquarium fish. Frozen bloodworm are almost as good and are widely available, though freeze dried live foods tend not to go down as well. See more on feeding fish


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