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Kribensis Pair

Even when not spawning, these are an attractive fish, and they can be found in a variety of color morphs such as yellow, red, green, and blue, in addition to the albino variety which has been bred for several decades. These fish remain small, a trait that makes them popular with people who don't have the space for or interest in keeping large fish. Adult males reach up to 10 cm ( 4 inches), while females grow no larger than 7 cm ( 3 inches).Albino varieties have been bred for several decades and are often offered for sale in shops. Owners have reported that even normally colored males prefer albino females, yet all females prefer normally colored males. Experts think that the red belly which is present in females who are ready to spawn acts as a powerful magnet to the male, and it shows up better on an albino female.

P. pulcher is often kept in a community tank, however, take care in choosing tankmates. Although they are a peaceful fish, they may nip the fins of slow-moving fish such as Angels. If other cichlids will live in the community tank, choose a species that is not bottom dwelling so they won't compete for the same territory. Avoid keeping them with another cave-dwelling species, as Kribensis love their caves.

Family Cichlidae
Origin Africa
Social Peaceful
Tank Level Bottom dweller
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallon
Diet Omnivore, eats most foods
Breeding Egglayer
Care Easy
pH 6.5
Hardness 8–12 dGH
Temperature 75–77 degrees Fahrenheit (24–25 degrees Celsius)