Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Feb 23, 2014
Kribs are a beautiful, hardy and easy to care for cichlid. Their coloring is amazing, yellow on the face, deep rosy pink bellies and orange on the fins. They are suitable for a community tank and they were my first foray into keeping cichlids. I had a pair of them in one of my community tanks. They are a relatively peaceful cichlid although it is best to keep them with fish which aren't too slow moving or those with long flowing fins. Kribs can be fin nippers. Also, as they are bottom dwellers it's best not to have them in with any other fish which might compete for their territory.
A planted tank with lots of cave and hiding places works best and a dark substrate will really bring out their colors. They are quite adaptable when it comes to water conditions although a PH of 6.8 to 7.5 works best.
Kribs are easy to feed, taking most kinds of foods. Of course variety is best. They do love live food.
I've read that they are supposed to be easy to breed and mine did have fry a couple of times. Unfortunately on both occasions they appeared to forget they fry were their kids and thought they were lunch! If you're serious about breeding them it's probably a good idea to separate the fry from their parents.