Electric Yellow Cichlid (Labidochromis caeruleus) Species Profile & Care Guide
The Yellow Lab Cichlid out of all the African Cichlids is recommended for beginner aquarists to keep as they are not as demanding or as aggressive as other Cichlid species and have a high tolerance to bad water conditions. However, it is essential to have a proper tank setup and to take appropriate steps to look after and make sure your Yellow Lab Cichlids are happy and healthy.
These Cichlids are not suitable for a community aquarium. Even though they are peaceful, they are more docile to fellow cichlids. You can keep these in a group of cichlids, on their own or in pairs.
You have to be quite cautious when it comes to their tankmates though as they are okay with peaceful and semi-aggressive fish but large, aggressive and predatory fish can be a threat for your yellow lab cichlids.
Yellow Lab Cichlids are a threat for snails, shrimps, crabs and other smaller fish.
Yellow Lab Cichlids are somewhat chunky with an elongated yellow body. Their dorsal fin has a distinct black line with layers of white colour above and below. The anal fin also develops a black stripe as the fish matures.
As these species originate in different coasts of Lake Malawi, they can develop a variety of colour morphs from yellow to blue and also white corresponding to their area.
|Scientific Name||Labidochromis caeruleus|
|Other Names||Yellow Cichlid, Yellow Lab, Lemon drop Cichlid, Electric Yellow Cichlid, Yellow Prince|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Pairs|
|Lifespan||up to 10 years|
|Temperature||75 - 79 ℉ (23.9 - 26.1 ℃)|
|PH||7.5 - 8.5|
Natural Habitat of the Electric Yellow Cichlid
The Yellow Lab Cichlid is endemic to Kakusa, Lions Cove, Lundu Island, Nkhata bay and Undu Point in the central-western coastal region of Lake Malawi in East Africa. They inhabit deep waters with plenty of rocks surrounding it, providing plenty of cracks and crevices for them. These Cichlids will only stay in shallow waters if high-water plants are covering them.
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The Yellow Lab Cichlid is unfussy and easily fed, and their diet should be equally balanced. Providing them with frozen and live foods such as brine shrimp, Mysis, and bloodworms as well as high-quality flake and pellet food will give them the essential proteins and goodness they need to help them stay happy and healthy.
Breeding the Electric Yellow Cichlid
Yellow Lab Cichlids are very easy to breed and become sexually mature from about six months old.
The male will begin to dig a small pit in the sand or choose a flat surface; he will then display a seductive dance to attract females towards him. If any females are interested, they will start to show these moves also.
As they become familiarised with one another, the female lays up to 30 eggs which she will take and place in her mouth immediately. Once this is done, the male will then flair out his anal fin indicating his egg spot patterns. The female then thinks these egg spots are her eggs and tries to take them in her mouth. The male then gets stimulated and discharges a cloud of milt into the mouth of the female. As she inhales the milt, it fertilises the eggs that are in her mouth.
Whilst the females have their eggs in their mouths; they will not eat anything else. This will usually take around 25 to 40 days.
Once the young abandon their mother's mouth, both the female and male take it in turns to care for them and are very possessive over their babies. It is essential to make sure that your aquarium has plenty of hiding places so the fry can survive easily without any potential threat of being devoured by other fish in the tank.
At first, you should provide the fry with infusoria type foods then introduce them to crushed dried flake foods and small live foods such as baby brine shrimp as they grow larger.