Max Size: 10cm

Electric Yellow Cichlid (Labidochromis caeruleus)

Among all the African Cichlids, the luminous Yellow Lab Cichlid, Labidochromis caeruleus, is the most recommended for beginners since it is not as aggressive or demanding as other Cichlid species and can tolerate poor water conditions. It is essential, however, to have a proper tank setup and take appropriate measures to ensure your Yellow Lab Cichlids are happy and healthy.

It is not recommended to keep these Cichlids in a community aquarium. Despite their peaceful nature, they are more docile than their fellow cichlids. These Cichlids can be kept alone, in pairs, or a group.

Although they are okay with peaceful and semi-aggressive fish, large, aggressive and predatory fish can pose a threat to your Yellow Lab Cichlids; for this reason, you must choose tankmates wisely. In addition, it may be helpful to know that these Cichlids are a threat to snails, shrimps, crabs and other smaller fish.

An elongated yellow body and a chunky appearance characterize Yellow Lab Cichlids. A distinct black line runs along the dorsal fin with layers of white colour above and below. As these fish mature, they also develop a black stripe on their anal fin.

In accordance with their geographic location, these species can take on a variety of colour morphs from yellow to blue and also white.


Electric yellow cichlid
Yellow Lab Cichlid
Yellow Lab Cichlid
Electric yellow cichlid
Electric Yellow Cichlid
Electric Yellow Cichlid
Electric Yellow Cichlid
Electric Yellow Cichlid
Quick Facts
Scientific NameLabidochromis caeruleus
Year Described1956
Other NamesYellow Cichlid, Yellow Lab, Lemon drop Cichlid, Electric Yellow Cichlid, Yellow Prince
OriginsMalawi, Mozambique, Tanzania
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asPairs
Lifespanup to 10 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH7.5 - 8.5
75 - 79℉
23.9 - 26.1℃

Natural Habitat

Lake Malawi


In the home aquarium, the Electric Yellow Cichlid will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

There is no considerable difficulty in distinguishing male Yellow Lab Cichlids from females. However, when they are ready to breed, males become brighter and slightly bluer than females, and their bodies are usually larger and more elongated. Additionally, males have black anal and ventral fins and egg spots, while females are yellow with no egg spots.

If you are still unsure of the gender of your fish, you can look at the vents; here, you will discover holes, the males have two small holes, and the females will have one large hole and one small hole.

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Date Added: 02/12/2020 - Updated: 24/08/2022 13:02:46