Pelvicachromis taeniatus – Striped Kribensis
Pelvicachromis taeniatus or Striped Kribensis can reach a total length of around 8,5 centimetres. Females stay a bit shorter. This beautiful dwarf cichlid shows amazing colors and is related to Pelvicachromis pulcher or Kribensis. Usually females show more colouration than males.
Just like its cousin the Pelvicachromis pulcher the Pelvicachromis taeniatus has seen a lot of names over the years. No longer valid synonyms are: Pelmatochromis taeniatus, Pelmatochromis kribensis, Pelviacachromis kribensis, Pelmatochromis calliptera, Pelmatochromis klugei, Pelmatochromis kribensis klugei, Pelmatochromis pulcher klugei, Pelmatochromis taeniatus klugei.
Pelvicachromis taeniatus needs an aquarium with a minimum length of 100 centimetres. Decorate the aquarium heavily with plants and create a couple of hidings using rocks or halved coconuts. Sand is best used as substrate, the sand is used to flush their gills. They prefer dim lighting and slow to moderate current.
Temperature: 25-28 degrees centigrade.
Pelvicachromis taeniatus are omnivorous, you can feed them with live or frozen foods like white and black mosquito larvae, daphnia, cyclops, brine shrimp (great to get best coloration), cichlid mix, pellets, flakes etc. Make sure to vary their diet to keep them healthy and they will reward you with their finest colours.
It is best to keep this dwarf cichlid as a couple or a larger group if your aquarium has sufficient room. Adding more Pelvicachromis taeniatus to your tank could result in territorial fights if the tank is too small and they are getting ready to spawn.
They are relatively peaceful cichlids that can be kept with other species. When spawning they are very protective to their eggs and fry which can result in aggression to bottom living species. They inhabit all water layers but usually can be found around the bottom or middle of the aquarium.
Breeding is fairly simple when you have a matching couple. Transfer them to a breeding tank. They show their best colours when spawning. They lay their 100 to 200 eggs inside a cave. The eggs hatch after 2 – 3 days. The female defends the nest. You can raise the fry feeding them fresh brine shrimp, cyclops and crushed flakes or any small fry food that fits their small mouths.
Coby – J. de Lange