The Electric Yellow, or Yellow Lab is arguably one of the best African Cichlids available in the aquarium trade today. They are non aggressive, beautifully coloured, active and easy to breed.
Common Name(s) : Electric Yellow; Yellow Lab
Family : Cichlidae
Genus : Labidochromis
Species : Labidochromis caeruleus
Maximum Size : 15cm / 6 inches
Lifespan : 10 years
Aggression Level : Medium (6/10)
PREFERRED WATER CONDITIONS
Tank Size : 60 Litres +
PH : 7.0 – 8.5
Hardness : Soft to Hard
Temperature : 23 – 26°C / 73.4–78.8 °F
TANK SET UP
Coral Sand with some rockery is best to emulate their natural habitat.
SUITABLE TANK MATES
- Other African Cichlids (of similar size)
- Clown Loaches
- Featherfin Catfish
- I have several customers who successfully keep Electric Yellows with tropical fish such as Gourami’s, Dwarf Cichlids and Angelfish
Cichlid Pellets or Flake; Brine Shrimp; Spirulina
SEXING AND BREEDING
Sexing Electric Yellows is reasonably easy. Although there is no obvious colour difference between males and females, mature males will show more black on the fins, particularly the ventral and pectoral fins. They may also exhibit a brownish patch in the area between the eye and mouth. Males also tend to be slightly larger than the females and may behave in a slightly more aggressive manner.
Electric Yellow Cichlids are a maternal mouthbrooder, meaning the eggs are carried, hatched, and developed in the mother’s mouth (buccal cavity) for about three weeks. These fish are ovophiles meaning the male will excavate a pit in the sand within his territory, in which the female lays the eggs; the female then takes these eggs into her mouth for fertilization.