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Electric Yellow Lab (Labidochromis Caeruleus)

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Scientific Name(s): Labidochromis caeruleus


Common Name(s): Yellow lab, Electric yellow lab, Canary cichlid


Family: Cichlidae


Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi


Maximum Size: 4 inches


Life Span: 10 years


Natural Habitat: African Lake Malawi


Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons


Tank Region: All over


Possible Tank Mates: Most other mbuna cichlids from malawi will work.


Description: One of the most commonly kept african cichlid species. The Yellow lab is not overly aggressive and works well with several other african cichlid species. The yellow lab is characterized by a bright yellow body and black stripes on the dorsal fin. Black may appear on other fins as well.


Temperature Range: 72°F - 82°F



pH Range: 7.6 - 8.6

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Hardness Range: 10° - 15°



Breeding Information: Prolific mouthbrooder. Does not need any special layout for breeding, but a 1M to 4F ratio is best.


Sexing Information: There is no obvious colour difference between males and females, but males may show more black on the fins, particularly the ventral fins. They may also exhibit a brownish patch in the area between the eye and mouth.


Diet: Small crustaceans and insect larvae, will accept most aquarium foods. More omnivorous than many mbuna, but the diet should still include a strong vegetable component.


Temperament: Mildly aggressive. Put with other african cichlids.


Common Diseases: Malawi Bloat - condition deadly to malawi cichlids. It is caused by too much protein in the diet of some cichlids.


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African Cichlids, Lake Malawi


Keith Pardee

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