Kribensis – Pelvicachromis pulcher

Kribensis - Pelvicachromis pulcher

  • pH: 5-7.5
  • gH: 0-12 dGh
  • Temperature: 24-27C
  • Maximum Size: 10cm
  • Minimum Tank Size: 60 litres, 60x30x30cm



Pelvicachromis pulcher can be kept in a community tank alongside corydoras, peaceful characins, danios or rasboras and small loricariids. Bear in mind that they should be kept in pairs and so become very territorial when breeding. If more than one pair is kept or if other cichlids are also kept the tank will need to be considerably larger so that all can stake out a territory.

Housing and Feeding

Provide a sand substrate so the fish can dig breeding pits, along with plenty of hiding spots formed by stones, roots, bogwood and plants and some small caves.

Feeding is straightforward. Kribensis will take most commercial foods, with sinking foods being most appropriate. Live or frozen foods should also be offered regularly.


Pelvicachromis pulcher is an easy fish to breed and frequently does, even in a community tank. Spawning happens in a cave and after the eggs have hatched the parents will move them to a pre-dug pit in the sand. They may move the wrigglers more than once. If the parents manage to defend the fry from predation by other tankmates they will turn on them themselves when they are ready to spawn again as they see the previous batch of young as likely predators upon the new batch, so they will need moving to another tank at that point or selling on.



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