Pelvicachromis taeniatus

Pelvicachromis taeniatus

Pelvicachromis taeniatus, commonly known as the Nigerian Red Krib or the Striped Krib, is a small and colorful freshwater fish belonging to the cichlid family. Native to West Africa, it is found in slow-moving or still waters, such as rivers, streams, and swamps, primarily in Nigeria and Cameroon. Pelvicachromis taeniatus is a popular choice among aquarium hobbyists due to its vibrant colors, manageable size, and peaceful temperament.

Here are some guidelines for keeping Pelvicachromis taeniatus in an aquarium:

Tank size

A minimum tank size of 20 gallons is recommended for a pair of these fish, although a larger tank would be better, especially if you want to keep them in a community setting.

Water conditions

Pelvicachromis taeniatus prefer slightly acidic to neutral water, with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. The water hardness should be kept between 5 and 15 dGH, and the temperature should be maintained between 75 and 79°F (24 to 26°C).

Tank setup

These fish enjoy a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and caves, which can be created using rocks or driftwood. Open swimming areas should also be provided, as well as a fine to medium-grain substrate to encourage natural digging behavior.


Pelvicachromis taeniatus are generally peaceful fish but may become territorial, especially during breeding. Suitable tankmates include small, peaceful fish such as tetras, rasboras, and small catfish. Avoid keeping them with aggressive or fin-nipping fish.


They are omnivorous and require a balanced diet of both plant and animal matter. Provide them with high-quality flake or pellet food, as well as occasional treats like brine shrimp, bloodworms, or daphnia.


Pelvicachromis taeniatus are cave breeders. Provide them with suitable caves or hiding spots, such as clay flowerpots or PVC pipes, for egg-laying. The water temperature should be slightly increased to encourage breeding. The female will lay the eggs inside the cave, and both parents will guard the eggs and care for the fry. The fry can be fed newly hatched brine shrimp and crushed flake food.

With proper care, Pelvicachromis taeniatus can be a colorful and enjoyable addition to a peaceful community aquarium.