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Kribensis Pelvicachromis pulcher
Category: Cichlids - Dwarf - African
Price: £7.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 10 in stock
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Either males or females available (please be aware that some species are unsexable)|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Soft|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Pelvicachromis pulcher (Kribensis)
A common cichlid which makes an excellent first breeding project. You can see from the attached photograph that these fish develop strong and very pretty colours, especially when they are in breeding condition.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Generally peaceful apart from breeding time when they can display aggression towards tank mates. Males are fairly easy to distinguish from females. The dorsal fin is long and tends to extend over the tail. The female's dorsal fin is more rounded. The male has a pinkish/ white ventral colour whilst the female has much more impressive colouration with a rich plum colour in the ventral area, especially at breeding time. Another difference is that males have spots in the upper part of their tails which have a more spade like shape, whilst the tail fin of females does not have any pattern and is also more rounded. You will see from our size statistics that the female is smaller than the male.
As with all tropical fish they need a good diet to condition them ready for breeding. If you have the space it is a good idea to separate a pair and condition them prior to putting them together. An ideal spawning method is to place a flowerpot upside down in the tank with part of one side taken away. The fish will quickly set up home and if you are lucky they will spawn quite quickly. The female will then defend the eggs and will not allow the male anywhere near them. At this time it makes sense to remove the male and once the fry are free swimming you can remove the female as well. As soon as the fry are free swimming you can feed them on the usual diet of fry foods.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Size||Male, around 8cm, females around 6cm|
|Water Parameters||soft water which is neutral to slightly acid|