All FishesCichlidaePseudocrenilabrinaePelvicachromis

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Scientific Name Pelvicachromis pulcher  (Boulenger, 1901)
Common Names Kribensis
Palettciklid (Sweden), Purpurprachtbarsch, Koenigscichlide (Germany)
Type Locality Junction of Ethiop River and Jamieson River, Niger Delta.
Etymology pulcher literally means beautiful.
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Size 110mm or 4.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Males larger and less colourful.
Females more colourful and when mature have a noticeable belly full of eggs.
General Remarks Often incorreectly called Pelviachromis kribensis.
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Distribution Africa: Southern Nigeria. Also known from the coastal zone of Cameroon.
IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2019.
pH 5.0 - 8.0
Temperature 24.0-25.0°C or 75.2-77°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Not at all fussy, will take all foods offered greedily.
Furniture Sufficient places to hide. The pair will find some kind of cave to spawn and look after fry in.
Compatibility Generally ok with other fish. When breeding, they will defend their nest and brood, so enough space and hiding places for tankmates is required.
Suggested Tankmates Smaller tetras or barbs make suitable companions.
Breeding Cave spawning. Male and female looks after eggs and fry until the fry become independent and swim off. Aggressive and territorial towards other fishes especially its own kind during mating and after spawning.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Reference Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1901, v. 1 (pt 1) (art. 1), pp 9, Pl. 4 (fig. 2).
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Last Update 2020 Oct 05 14:52 (species record created: 2010 Dec 08 08:46)