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Perhaps the most widely know of the riverine African cichlids, the krib
is a fine addition to any species tank. Not a large cichlid and peaceful
for the species the krib is easy to breed and fun to watch. During breeding
the bright reds on the body become very bright making it one of the
most colorful cichlids available.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||Up to 4" (10cm), females smaller
||5.0 to 7.5
||Soft to medium. dH range: 0.0 - 12.0
||75°F to 84°F (24-29°C)
Kribensis, Dwarf Rainbow Cichlid.
Tropical West Africa, the Niger river Delta
General Body Form
A fairly slender fish with slight lateral compression. The nose and
head area heading toward the back forms a gentle slope The Dorsal fin
starts at or just before the Pectoral fins and its rear portion is pointed
in the male, rounded in the female. The Caudal fin is somewhat higher
than it is long, with its shape being generally round. Males can reach
a length of three and one half inches, with the females slightly smaller.
Kribs are an attractive fish and their coloration varies. Here is a
general color. The back is brownish with either a Blue or Lilac sheen
to it, becoming an off White to Ivory towards the belly area which also
has the same sheen as the back area. The most distinctive trait is the
large Rose to Purple colored marking on the belly which extends almost
to the back. On the back edge of the gill covers there is a Brown spot
edged with Red on top and Blue on the bottom. The Anal fin is a pale
Lilac The Ventral fins Have bright Blue front edges with blue fin rays
and the body of the fins are is violet in males and Red in females.
The males Caudal fin has one to five "eye" spots that dark in color
and edged in Yellow.
This is one of the most popular Cichlids we keep. They are an African
Cichlid, but do not inhabit the Great Rift Lakes so their requirements
are not the same. Kribs have several advantages over their larger cousins.
They can be kept with other and they don't do the usual digging of the
substrate. The territories they establish are small so a large tank
is not needed or you can keep several in one large tank. They will even
breed in a community set up. The Kribs live mainly in West African rivers
and they prefer shallow water with lots of shelter from plants and drift
wood and rock caves. They tolerate a temperature range of 77 to 82 F.
(25 to 28 C. ) a pH of 5 to 7.5 and soft to hard water. a very adaptable
fish. Feeding Kribs is no problem as they will accept all types of food
including live, frozen and flake.
Shallow areas with leafy plants, bog wood and leaf debris in slow moving
water in Southern Nigeria.
krib with fry
The Krib is a typical shelter breeder which will spawn in a rock cave
or an inverted flowerpot which have narrow entrances. The Red-Brown
eggs hatch in two to three days with both parents guarding the fry.
The babies are free swimming four to five days after hatching and are
easy to raise. The young can be feed baby brine shrimp "Artemia" and
fine flake food. Growth is fairly quick.