Kribsensis also called Kribs is an easy fish even for beginner hobbyist

Why we need the beginner’s guide? Though these fishes are easy to grow and breed, they are aggressive in nature, and hence it is important to know about the fish diet, tank condition, tank mate and this information is available in the beginner’s guide.

Kribensis Fish – Overview

Common NameThe fish is commonly called Krib. It is also known as Purple cichlid or Rainbow Cichlid.
Scientific NameIt is scientifically referred to as Pelmatochromis pulcher.
Habitat or OriginThis fish is native to Africa- the Nigerian river.
Average SizeThe fishes are not too large in size. An adult fish can grow up to 10 cm or a little more.
ColorationThe stomach of this fish is red or purple in color. The body of the fish is silvery grey. There is an orange coloration with black dots.
Life SpanThe fish has an average lifespan of 5 years. It can be kept longer under proper conditions.
DietThis fish eats all types of frozen, flakes, or live food. They eat worms and insects. They can be fed 2-5 times a day with a small amount every time.
Gender IdentificationThe male fishes are longer than the females. The female has a rounded abdomen with a red spot on it.
BehaviorThese fishes are aggressive in nature especially when they are breeding. The male has a wider head.
CompatibilityThey are aggressive fishes hence it is better to keep them alone in the tank. In case other fishes should be kept, they should be larger than the ribs. Avoid small fishes and slow-moving fish as they can rip the fins of those fishes.
Ideal Tank ConditionsThe tank can be 30 gallons. Decorations like caves, tubes, or flower pots can be kept. The substrate should be a sandy substrate.
Water ParametersThe temperature of the water should be 24-26 degrees C. the hardness should be 5-20 degrees dH. The pH level of the water should be 6-8.
BreedingThe ideal tank condition is required for the breeding of this fish. Add caves and tubes to the tank. The females hint at the males with the pink belly and by moving the fins and bodies. The female lays about 40-100 eggs. The male takes care of the fish. The eggs hatch in 5-7 days. The juveniles can be fed with brine shrimp.
Common DiseasesThey are resilient to disease. But one of the most common diseases is Ich which is seen as white spots on the body.
Approximate CostThe fish costs around $5- $10
What to look when buyingMake sure to buy the fish which is at least 1 inch. Check for the bright coloration on the body of the fish.
Species in the MarketRam cichlid, convict cichlid, Electric yellow cichlid are other species of cichilds in the market.

Gallery of Kribensis Fish