Electric Yellow Cichlid (Labidochromis caeruleus)

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Electric Yellow Cichlid

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Electric Yellow Cichlid

Labidochromis caeruleus

95 Litres (25 US G.)

10-13 cm (3.9-5.1")




7.5 - 8.6

22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)

10-15 °d

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

6-8 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Electric Yellow Cichlid, Yellow Lab, Electric Yellow Lab

Additional scientific names

Labidochromis caeruleum

Origin[edit | edit source]

Although the yellow morph is reported to be rare in the wild, it is common in the aquarium trade. They are reported only from deep water, rocky habitats on the north end of Lake Malawi.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

In general dominant males will show more black in the fins and a more pronounced forehead, like many Mbuna, Labs are a good candidate for venting.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

Typical Cichlid Mouthbrooder. It is recommended to place the female in her own recovery tank for a several weeks. While the eggs are in her mouth, she does not eat and becomes weak.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

The Yellow Lab should be considered semi-aggressive in a normal tank, and should not be housed with other non-African Cichlid tankmates. Yellow Labs are best kept with other semi-aggressive Cichlids from Lake Malawi and are generally peaceful to other types of African Cichlids and can be territorial towards others of their own species.

Diet[edit | edit source]

In the wild their diet consists mainly of small invertebrates, but being an omnivore the Electric Yellow Cichlid does well on a predominantly herbivore diet, but benefits from added protein more than the average mbuna.
High protein food sources have been reported to cause Malawi Bloat.
Feeding suggestions include Brine Shrimp, Krill, Spirulina, Flake Foods, Pellet Foods, and vegetables such as peas and cucumbers.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Because the Electric Yellow lab is a type of Mbuna, it prefers a tank with lots of rocks and caves and are well suited to sand as a substrate. Thrives in high pH and hard water conditions. It may well shred any live plants that it is placed in with.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Generally mildy aggressive in an African Cichlid set up, with low potential for territoriality. Adult Yellow Labs may exhibit dominance-related semi-aggressive behaviour with others of their own species. The Yellow Lab may be bullied by more aggressive Mbuna Cichlids.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Bright yellow with black, can be variations, sometimes black under shadows on lower body. A stressed yellow lab may temporarily display faint vertical barring.

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