Labidochromis Caeruleus
Electric Yellow Cichlid

    Labidochromis Caeruleus, Electric Yellow Cichlid

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  • Max Size:

    4.0"

  • Temperament:

    Semi-aggressive

  • Water Temperature:

    72-82°F

  • Diet:

    Omnivore

  • Min. Tank Size:

    50 Gal.

  • Description:

    The Electric Yellow cichlid or Labidochromis Caeruleus is a mildly aggressive Mbuna that's native to the rocky shores of Nkhata Bay in Lake Malawi in east Africa. Electric Yellow Labs get their name from the brilliant yellow color that dominant males display. Males also feature black stripes along their dorsal anal and pelvic fins.

  • Compatibility:

    Electric Yellow cichlids are one of the less aggressive Mbuna in the hobby and can be kept with other Mbuna, less aggressive Haplochromis and Peacock cichlids. Good tankmates are Afra cichlids, Yellow Tail Acei and Cobalt Blue Zebra cichlids. When keeping several Electric Yellow Labs together it is a good idea to keep several females for every male to divide the male's attention between the females.

  • Tank Requirements and Feeding:

    The aquarium should mimic their natural environment as much as possible. Electric Yellow cichlids are rock dwellers and need plenty of rocks and caves where they can seek protection and establish their territories. Water should be hard with a temperature of 72-82°F and a pH of 7.8-8.5. Additives like Cichlid Lake Salt and Malawi/Victoria Buffer will condition the aquarium water for African cichlids. They can be kept in a tank as small as 30 gal. but 50 gal. or larger is recommended.

    Electric Yellow cichlids will eat a wide range of live, pellet and flake foods. A good diet is a mix of vegetable based spirulina flakes and cichlid pellets, supplemented with bloodworms or brineshrimp.

  • Breeding:

    Labidochromis Caeruleus males and females are very similar in appearance. Both the male and female display the same bright yellow color. However, as they mature, dominant males will display dark black stripes on their dorsal, anal and pelvic fins. Males also grow to be slightly larger than females.

    Electric Yellow cichlids are mouthbrooders which means that the female will carry her eggs and fry in her mouth to protect them. To get the best results when breeding these cichlids in a home aquarium, it is recommended to keep a single breeding male with several females. Females will lay her eggs in a selected location to be fertilized by the male and then she will carry them in her mouth for up to 3 weeks.