My experience of breeding this species has been a little nerve-racking, but I would class them as my biggest success to date. If you have the chance, give them a go! With hindsight, I’d suggest a larger aquarium – 120cm would give the female much more space to evade the male.
To keep them just as a centrepiece though, a livelier aquarium seems best as territories are relaxed by the males and they become more accommodating of females who aren’t in prime spawning condition.
Suitable tankmates could include the smaller Distichodus and Phenacogramus species. I’ve also heard reports of African Butterfly cichlids, Anomalochromis thomasi, working well. Many medium-sized characins and barbs that will cope with the low ph should work fine too.
Most non bite-sized fish will be left alone, but be cautious when housing Red-lipped kribs with other territorial species.