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Common Kribensis (Pelvicachromis pulcher) fry

October 13, 2014

I took a look in the krib tank tonight, and was treated to a surprise. A group of 20 to 25 krib fry was being shuttled around the aquarium! I had noticed that the colors of the adults (the final pair from these juveniles) had become somewhat brighter and more pronounced for the past few weeks. I hadn’t seen any eggs on any of the branches in the aquarium though, and so I assumed they just hadn’t spawned yet. I guess they were a bit sneakier than I thought…

This is the pair’s first spawn. The male typically shows heavy barring on his sides and head, with a slight bit of a pink tinge on his belly. His dorsal fin (the one on top) turns to a bright fiery red/yellow towards the back, along with his caudal fin (tailfin) margins. The female has a lot more yellow on her sides and fins, with a lot of dark pink on her belly and pectoral area.

You’ll have to excuse the amount of algae in that aquarium right now. We all deal with it from time to time… in fact I think the fry enjoy eating it and the micro-bugs that inhabit it.

What good is a post without a picture or a video? Here you go.

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