This species, along with two of its closest relatives, Nanochromis dimidiatus and Nanochromis transvestitus, is one of the relatively few dwarf cichlids from Africa (excluding the Rift Lake Dwarves) that is fairly widely available in the hobby. Both sexes are beautifully, though differently, colored. Females appear to be full of eggs all the time and possess a pinkish belly flush, which reveals the relationship of this species with the other African dwarves commonly referred to as kribs.
Other common name
- Nanochromis parilius, Nanochromis nudiceps
- Congo basin, particularly Stanley Pool.
- Males up to 3in (8cm); females a little smaller.
- Males are aggressive toward rivals and often toward un receptive females as well.
- Commercial formulations accepted but livefoods preferred.
- Well planted, with numerous shelters and caves. Soft, slightly acid water (preferably filtered through peat or containing a “blackwater” commercial additive) is best. Temperature range: 72-77°F (22-25°C); slightly higher for breeding.
- Eggs are laid in a cave, and both they and the fry are guarded by female while male generally defends territory