Pelvicachromis taeniatus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Nigeria, Cameroon
Length : 9 cm - 3.5"
Min. length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Nigerian Red Krib
You should keep this fish as a couple.  During breeding time they will become somewhat aggressive to other fish.  The aquarium should be planted on the sides and background densely and set up with driftwood and roots that form hiding places and caves.  In the middle you should leave a large open swimming area. 

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is easy.  40-150 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The female cares for the eggs and the larvae.  The male defends the territory.    When the young fishes have left the cave, the male cares for them as well.  They are sensitive for infusoria.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Hans Meulblok

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