Dotted Tail Kribensis (Pelvicachromis taeniatus) CareSheet
The Striped Kribensis is a resilient, quiet, and colorful species of "krib." Males are just as vibrant as females!
The Striped Dotted Tail Kribensis (Pelvicachromis taeniatus), commonly known as the Dotted Tail Kribensis, is a Kribensis species found in Nigeria and Cameroon. It's an African riverine species that prefers water conditions similar to those seen in the New World (South and Central America). It is incredibly quiet, and in a large enough tank, it may even be housed in a communal environment. Compare with Pelvichromis pulcher
and Albino Pelvichromis pulcher
The Striped Dotted Tail Kribensis prefers a sandy substrate and abundance of hiding places like clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations. It is unlikely to consume ornamental plants, although it is known to dig, therefore plants that adhere to driftwood and rockwork are advised. As previously said, this cichlid is extraordinarily calm in comparison to many of its cousins, therefore it is often seen in the company of other peaceful and semi-aggressive fish that are too big to be considered prey. During spawning, territoriality is usually at its height. Striped Dotted Tail Kribensiss should not be housed alongside dwarf shrimp or other tiny, sensitive invertebrates. If spawning is desired, other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided entirely unless the aquarium is large enough with enough of cover and decoration.
Requirements for keeping Pelvicachromis taeniatus
Temperature: 72° - 79° F
pH: 6.0 - 7.0
Minimum tank size: 20+ gallons for a pair
Origin: Nigeria, Cameroon
Average adult size: Males up to 3.2 inches, Females up to 2.4 inches
Pelvicachromis kribensis (taeniatus) 'Moliwe'