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Can I mix Kribs? ("Red" Krib and Krib)

So my lfs had some nice kribs that ive been looking for for a few weeks and decided to grab a couple. They were very nice and some females looked great. But then I seen in another tank they had "red" kribs that were alittle smaller but had a little more red and blue in them so I decided to grab two but there was only a few left. And he said they were one of the rarer species. My question is can I go back and get a pair of regular kribs and put them in with the red kribs? Or do they interbreed? Sorry ive been keeping shrimp for the last few years, so my mind is stuck on the same species interbreeding thing. Its made my fish shopping a lot harder and more confident, unlike my friend who buys 2 of every community fish and throws them in his 30g. And does anyone know anything more about the red krib. Is it a Pelvicachromis Pulcher like regular kribs. Or is it a Pelvicachromis taeniatus? I can only find a few species on dwarfcichlid.com.
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you can get both kinds but just know up front they might cross breed. you would end up with a mix of both types or should any way but you might end up with something new and really pretty as well. its kinda your call and unless you put them in their own tanks crossing is a high probablity cause they will pick their own mate
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The only krib I know of with "red" in the name is the Nigerian Red Krib. It is one of the many color morphs of the Pelvicachromis Taeniatus. That is a separate species from the regular krib, Pelvicachromis Pulcher, but it is closely related and can interbreed, so I wouldn't keep them in the same tank.
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Ya I found a tread that a guy from the UK strongly advised not to mix them.
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If it's the red form of the common krib, then it's fine to mix them (pictures would be great). If it's the Nigerian Red Taeniatus, then I'd advise against mixing them.

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Not the best pic, and they are still a little pail
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Those are both Pelvicachromis pulcher (common krib).

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Those are both Pelvicachromis pulcher (common krib).
Thats what I thought but the ones in the tank at the store had redish tips on their fins instead of orange. My pics make them look like the common ones but ill wait a week and try to get a better pic
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