A Moderately Aggressive Freshwater Fish from Lake Malawi, also known as a Lemon Yellow Lab or Yellow Prince, the Electric Yellow Cichlid is popular in freshwater aquariums due to its vibrant coloration and ease of breeding.
The Electric Yellow Cichlid is found in planted areas and rocky shorelines of Lake Malawi, one of the Great Rift Lakes in east Africa. The scientific name for this fish is Labidochromis caeruleus.
The body of the Electric Yellow Cichlid is a deep yellow color with black highlights on its fins. The male species grows to a length of five to six inches and the females are slightly smaller at four to five inches. The male usually has a black line near its eye. Unlike most cichlids, the female Electric Yellow is as brilliantly colored as the male.
Electric Yellow Cichlid Compatibility
The Electric Yellow is a mildly aggressive fish but can get highly aggressive when breeding. Some of the fish that make good tank mates are the Peacock Cichlid, Kenya Cichlid, Blue Dolphin Cichlid, Lionhead Cichlid, and Frontosa. If kept with its own species, the Electric Yellow can be very timid.
Aquarium Conditions for the Yellow Lab
Good filtration and optimal water conditions are important for maintaining the brilliant colors of the Electric Yellow Cichlid. The ideal water temperature should be between 74F and 84F. The water needs to be semi-hard so the DH value should range from 18 to 20. The ideal PH value should be between 7 to 8.
The aquarium should be equipped with rocks that can be piled up to make caves. The caves provide hiding places and spawning sites. Driftwood can be added for decoration and to provide additional hiding spots. The aquarium also needs open spaces for the fish to swim. Plants are not recommended unless they are a hardy variety because cichlids destroy weaker plants.
The Electric Yellow Cichlid is not a fussy eater and will eat flake food, freeze dried foods, pellets and small live foods such as baby brine shrimp, white worms and bloodworms. A supplement of vegetables is recommended. Pieces of lettuce, spinach, peas and zucchini can be added to the aquarium for the fish to nibble on.
Breeding the Electric Yellow Cichlid
The Yellow Lab is a mouth brooder fish. The female incubates the eggs in her mouth until they hatch in approximately three weeks. The fry can be immediately fed baby brine shrimp and then finely ground flake food in a few weeks.
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. A separate aquarium will allow the female to regain her strength before she starts breeding again.
The Yellow Lab is appealing to aquarium owners because it adds color to the tank and it is low in aggression.