From Microcosm Aquarium Explorer
Long a favorite among dwarf-cichlid buffs, the Krib is a beautiful fish of modest size that is relatively easy to keep. Males have long extensions to the dorsal and anal fins. Females are brighter in coloration and, during spawning, will develop a deep pink to purple belly. Available in a variety of colors, including an albino variety. Its name derives from its previous scientific label, Pelmatochromis kribensis.
Other common name(s):
- Purple Cichlid
Habitat: The Krib prefers a densely planted aquarium, with hiding places in the form of rocks or inverted flowerpots to form caves.
Maximum length: 10 cm (4 in)
Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)
Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)
General swimming level: Bottom.
Omnivore. Not a picky eater, the Krib will accept a wide variety of commercial fare, including cichlid flake or pelleted foods. Also provide freeze-dried, frozen and live foods, such as brine shrimp, black worms and bloodworms. Spirulina and color-enhancing foods will also be accepted.
Forms pairs and is relatively peaceful, except during spawning. Acquire one male to several females and let them pair up. Can be kept in a community setting, but care should be taken in choosing tankmakes. Avoid keeping with other cave dwellers.
Pair forming cave spawners. Female guards the eggs and later both parents care for the fry.
They prefer a fine-grade gravel substrate, and darker colors will best show off their colors.