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Electric Yellow

Discussion in 'Cichlids - African' started by thecichlidaddict, May 5, 2004.

  1. thecichlidaddict

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    Common name/s: Electric Yellow, Yellow Lab, Lemon Yellow

    Scientific name: Labidochromis caeruleus

    Family: Cichlidae

    Origin: Lake Malawi, Africa

    Maximum size: 5"

    Care: This is a hardy and easily kept cichlid from the mbuna family, and an excellent choice for beginners and experienced aquarists alike. They are a very social fish that do well in groups of 3 or more. The minimum recommended tank size for these fish is 30 gallons. The aquarium should be decorated with a number of hiding spots including caves of various sizes. Sand substrate is appreciated by these fish, but is not necessary. Yellow Lab's are best kept in water with a PH of 7.5 or higher, at a temperature between 75° and 80°. These cichlids make excellent tankmates for most mildly and moderately aggressive mbuna, aulonocara, and haplichromines from lake Malawi.

    Feeding: Daily feedings of high quality cichlid pellets or flakes. Suppliments of spirulina flake are recommended. Live or frozen invertibrates including brine shrimp and mysis may also be fed as a supplement. In the wild these fish are insectavores and micro-preditors.

    Sexing and breeding: As young fish Yellow Labs are nearly impossible to sex. As they get older the males will grow faster and larger then the females. As they mature, males will typically display more aggressive behavior then females, and will often be seen digging a nest in a favourate cave. These fish are unselective breeders, and dominent males will mate with any present females. Nothing further then keeping conditions clean is necessary to promote breeding. As mouthbrooders, females will incubate and hatch the eggs in her buchal pouch, and then continue to hold the fry until the yolk sacs have been consumed. A typical holding period for this cichlid is 4 weeks, and the female will not eat during this time. Once spit, fry are left to fend for themselves. In order to raise fry the female should be seperated into a holding tank, and removed once the fry have been spit. Fry can be fed powdered cichlid food along with baby brine shrimp, mysis, or cyclops as suppliments.

    *Labidochromis sp. will crossbreed, and having only one species from this genus in an aquarium is encouraged.
     
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    Here's 3 of mine:
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    One of my 6
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  5. dthoffsett

    dthoffsett I'm a girl . . . yup, definitely a girl. =)
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    Holding female.

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    Female electric yellow[​IMG]
     
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    Heres mine.
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    this is one of three in my tank DSCF0134.JPG
     
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    I have a video of my yellow lab holding and a video of the fry:

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  10. Yanks15

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    This is the Labidochromis caeruleus Nkhata Bay. All specs are the same as the Yellow except for it's color variation. Sometimes also called a "Blue Lab". If you feel this could be added to this list, please edit text as you see fit to include it. Thanks, Steve

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