Animal Stories - Kribensis Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Kribensis Cichlid

   One look at this beautiful African cichlid and you can see why the Kribensis was an immediate hit when first introduced!
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Jeremy - 2014-10-03
I have a pair of these I've had them for a couple of months now I had them in a community tank but they attacked a couple of my little fish so moved them into a tank of their own my females gets her spawning colours but that as far as they go and haven't breed they have plenty of hiding spots for breeding but don't spawn am I dont something wrong

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-08
    Make sure you do in fact have a male/female pair. The males are much larger than the females and also have a pointed pelvic fin, while the females is rounded. Males also have less gold coloring in the dorsal fin, though that is pretty subtle. You need to mimic their natural environment as closely as possible. A sand or very small gravel substrate and lots of hiding places for their very secretive nature. They need a soft to medium  water with a lower the pH of 5.5-6.5. Make sure they have a cave to spawn in; rock cave, clay pot turned on it side, or even a piece of PVC pipe will work.
Marianne - 2013-04-16
I have a huge problem... here is some background: I have been breeding Kribensis for a long time but today I have noticed that one of my batches male that is 8 months has a black and red face on 1-side! does anyone no what it is or should I get rid of it before it infects the other fish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Off the top of my head I don't know what the heck it is. But... I would isolate the fish (quarantine/hospital tank) until I resolve what is going on with this fish. That way you will be avoiding a condition that could affect other tank inhabitants. Better to be safe than sorry:)
  • Axl D - 2014-04-04
    That happened to my oto. Died after 5 months.
kye turnbull - 2013-04-17
i have a problem! my kribensis bloated up and looked like he was going to explode! all in 30 minites! then he died, hen i flushed him! then he exploded in the toilet!

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-07
    please can someone help me please! i dont want it happening again!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-07
    That's a sad story. African Bloat, also called 'Malawi Bloat' is believed to be a protozoal parasite that is common in African Cichlids. If the fish becomes stressed (shipping, handling, poor water conditions, etc.) there becomes an imbalance which allows the parasites to multiply and start punching holes is the intestine which causes the bloat. It can happen quickly and is fatal if not caught and treated right away. There's more information about this illness, as well as treatment, on the Fish Diseases page here:  Fish Diseases: Bloat
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!1 ive been looking everywhere ever since! i hope my tandanus catfish doesn't get it! luckily no other fish got it, almost all the fish were in the same tank!
Desire - 2011-11-16
Here in Holland we called them Cherry Belly Cichlids, because of the cherry coloured-and shaped- dot on their... belly...

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  • Jane - 2013-01-15
    Dude, right on there brother.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-04-17
    makes more scence :)
Mark - 2013-03-07
So... My pair of Kribs just had a batch, I didnt see them until they had hatched. I believe some of my other cichlids ate them while i was trying to get them out and into a holding tank. Not a good idea i might add. My question is when will they spawn again? I bought a small 1gallon to put them in for the next time they lay eggs.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-07
    There is really no telling.  So many factor contribute to this.  Usually a good pair will go every few months.
Bethany Annison - 2013-01-26
I have a pair of kribensis but I have recently had to split them Up as the female was attacking the male and has taken an almighty chunk out of his tail fin. I don't think they like each other very much as they have never bred and i have had the pair for over a year. Any suggestions or will I have to separate them permanently?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-26
    May be try adding more if you have room.  Sometimes re-arranging tank helps. But sometimes nothing will work.
Batman - 2003-08-22
By far the easiest to breed. The pair will breed in a tipped over flower pot and will protect their young. The female will crush flakes and spit them out for the young to eat so they are easy to raise.

bob - 2010-01-14
Is it neccesary to remove other cichlids or other fish from the tank when the breeding pair of krebensis are forging for food or just out and about? I noticed that they seem to be aggressive towards other fish in the tank , keeping them secluded away from the fry . Is this a stress factor for the other fish as thier movements are restricted . I currently have a 30 gallon tank with 1 convict cichlid, plus 1 electric yellow cichlid and another I havent identified (orange colored), besides the krebensis pair.

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  • Julie - 2011-08-19
    I would remove all other bottom dwelling fish. I had a pair of spawning albino kribs in a 20-gallon with 2 other small female kribs, 1 catfish, two blue rams, and 1 small algea eater. The two spawning kribs (I suspect the male) killed the catfish, algae eater, and both other female kribs. The blue rams were fine since they avoided the bottom of my tank. Their movement is restricted but they seem to be doing fine and look very healthy (beautiful color). They still get chased around from time to time by my male krib though, especially at feeding time.
Kim - 2005-04-13
I purchased 4 Kribs 2 weeks ago. They are about 1.5" long. There are 3 females and one male. The male and the largest female have already spawned in the largest cave, and I can see fry carefully guarded by mom. At first the male was watching the cave entrances but he has bigger plans. Now it appears the male is working on spawming with another female on the opposite side of the tank. Amazing.

fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-10
What fish can I keep with 2 kirbensis cichlids in a 20 gallon tank?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-10
    You could do other cichlids - ones that are about the same size. There are so many varieties and community fish and gorgeous colors.
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-10
    Such as bolivian rams and german blue rams?
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-11
    Thanks guys!
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-11-24
    I you are very interested in African cichlids,your tank size can easily keep a pair of ocellated shell dwellers. They look very good but come in a small package. They are blue.
  • Werner - 2012-04-06
    Be carefull not to put more than 1 male kribensis in one tank they are very teritorial.
    I had a male and female kribensis but the male wouldnt accept the female so she became very depressed and died after a few days. Its known that if the male doesn't accept the female the male would bully her. The most beautiful rams for me is the cacatuoides double red :D
  • Sherri - 2012-05-02
    I have had my krib for 8 years in that time I have had lots of babies from the one pair but the mom died and all that is left is son and daughters of the first pair. I have tried to get some more so they won't be in bred but I have one that has a curved back. The fish shop here can not get any in or he just don't want to. I have had my name with him for two years now but still no fish.
  • Jude - 2012-05-21
    My pair of kribs is currently raising their 2nd set of kids. The first set ended up with 2 males and a female. Is there going to be a problem now that there is more than one male in the tank? These fish are so interesting to watch because of their parenting skills.