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A Cichlids Article on: Kribensis Cichlid
The Kribensis cichlid is often referred to as the dwarf rainbow, purple cichlid, or simply krib. It is considered as a dwarf cichlid only reaching about 4 inches at maturity. They have slender bodies and the back of their heads form a gentle slope. The kribs dorsal fin begins near the pectoral fin and the caudal fin is slightly higher than it is long and generally rounded.
The gill covers have a brown spot on the edge; the spot is edged along the top with red and along the bottom with blue. The caudal fins will also have several spots that are dark and have yellow around the edges. The ventral fins are blue and feature a violet colored body in males and red fin body in females.
These cichlids are an excellent choice for an experienced hobbyist or a beginner. They can adapt to almost any water condition, but a pH level from 6.5 to 7.5 is optimal. They are also very tolerant of water temperatures and will thrive in ranges from 70 to 80 degrees.
The Kribensis cichlid is a peaceful fish that can be housed with almost any other peaceful fish. However, they are known to nip fins and should not be kept with delicate fish. Like many other cichlids, they will also get aggressive during spawning and other fish should be watched.
Because of their small size, a pair of Kribenisis cichlids can be kept alone in a tank as small as 20 gallons. However, they will need a larger tank if other fish are added to the community. They are bottom and mid-level dwellers and when they choose a territory, it is small.
The ideal tank setup will include lots of hiding areas and plants. They love to hide and will appreciate plenty of driftwood, rocks and caves. The substrate should consist of gravel that is small enough for the cichlid to pick up in their mouths.
Kribensis are not fussy eaters; they will readily consume all types of foods both prepared and live. Flakes and pellets can be supplemented with brine shrimp, mosquito larvae, insects, bloodworms, and even green leafy foods such as spinach. Instead of feeding kribs a large amount once a day, they do better with several smaller feedings daily.
These are some of the easiest cichlids to breed that you can find. Spawning can be encouraged with the introduction of more live or frozen foods in their diets. Once they have paired off, the females belly will become red that is more vibrant or pink.
The female will initiate breeding by swimming up to the male and dancing, or quivering and try to lead him toward the chosen cave. When the female is ready to lay the eggs, a small tube will be noticeable at her anal area. Once she has laid the eggs, she will entice the male into the cave to fertilize them.
After the eggs are fertilized, the male will guard the entrance and the female will stay with the eggs fanning them. And, remain there until the fry hatch and become free swimming. After about a week, the young fry can be fed brine shrimp, crushed flakes and even egg yolks that are finely crushed.
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