The Kribensis Cichlid (Pelvicachromis pulcher) is a freshwater fish of the cichlid family native to Nigeria and Cameroon. A great addition to a peaceful Cichlid or larger community fish aquarium. They like to have hiding places, like caves, and breed easily when in the right water conditions.

Be aware however that although they are a peaceful fish, they may nip the fins of slow-movers such as Angels. If other cichlids will share the community tank, choose a species that are not bottom or cave-dwelling so they won’t compete for the same territory.

Please be aware that the image is for illustration purposes only. Unless stated we are unable to guarantee the exact size, colour, sex or age of the fishes you are purchasing. If you have any questions regarding livestock please contact us. To minimise stress we are unable to hand pick specific fish. Lifespan is an estimate based on optimum conditions.

Approx. supplied size: 3-5cm
Maximum size: 10cm
Origin: Africa
Ideal number kept together: 3+

Water conditions
pH: 5.0–7.5
Temperature: 24–28 °C

Ease of care
Easy. They are quite peaceful and hardy. good for hobbyists of all levels.


Feed a varied diet of flake, granules, live and frozen foods.


Community aquarium of similar sized, peaceful fish. They will be territorial whilst breeding. Prone to fin-nipping and potentially aggressive toward other cave-dwellers.

Easy. Keep a ratio of more females to males and they will breed relatively easily. Female develop a purple belly. Breed in a species-only aquarium.

Life Span

They can live to anything from 3-5 years in perfect conditions.