Electric Yellow Cichlid “Labidochromis Caeruleus”

electric yellow cichlids

Last updated on September 10th, 2022 at 04:14 am

The electric yellow cichlid, or Labidochromis caeruleus, is a freshwater fish that originates from Central America. It can grow to be about 5 inches long and lives in a tank with other electric yellow cichlids, as well as plants and rocks. They have been bred selectively for over 20 years.

The electric yellow cichlid is a beautiful fish that has yellow/golden colors. They are not only bright, but they are also quite stunning to look at. If you have an aquarium in your home or office, the electric yellow cichlid might be just what you need! If you don’t have an aquarium, now might be the time to get one! Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they can also provide hours of enjoyment.

There are many different types of cichlids and each has its own unique personality. Some cichlids like to be in groups while others prefer to be alone. You will need to research the personality of each type before you decide which one is right for your tank.

You can also have a variety of different types in your aquarium, as long as they are compatible with each other and get along! If not, then there might be some fighting going on throughout the day or even overnight!

Origin and descriptions

electric yellow cichlids

The electric yellow cichlid is a fish that originates from Africa. It is a bright and colorful fish, with a predominantly yellow body. They have black markings on their fins and tail, and a stripe that runs along the length of their body. This striking fish can grow up to six inches long, which is large for many cichlid species.

The electric yellow cichlid is a relatively peaceful fish and can be kept in community tanks with other similarly sized fish. This fish does best in tanks with plenty of rocks and plants to provide hiding places, as it is a timid fish that likes to hide when stressed.

Species profile

electric yellow cichlids

The electric yellow cichlid (Labidochromis caeruleus), also known as the electric yellow, or Maezel’s cichlid, is a species of haplochromine cichlids endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa.

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They are small fish, typically reaching lengths of only around six inches (15 cm). They are torpedo-shaped and have a yellow body with bright yellowfins. In the wild, they feed mainly on zooplankton, but in the aquarium, they will accept most kinds of food.

Scientific name

The scientific name of the electric yellow cichlid is Labidochromis caeruleus

Habitat and distribution

The electric yellow cichlid is endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa.

Lake Malawi is one of the largest lakes in Africa, and home to a large number of fish species, including over 500 cichlid species. The electric yellow cichlid is found throughout the lake but is more common in the north.

They are popular aquarium fish and have been exported from Lake Malawi since the 1960s, leading to many color morphotypes in captivity that do not exist in wild populations.

Electric yellow cichlid size and weight

Electric yellow cichlids are small species of fish that only grow up to be about three inches long. They weigh an average of 0.75 ounces, which is not very heavy at all for such a tiny creature.

Tank size for electric yellow cichlids

Since these fish are so small, they only need a tank that is about ten gallons in size. Anything bigger than that and they will have too much space to swim around in, which can lead to boredom and possible stress.

Tank setup

Electric yellow cichlids are very active swimmers, so they need a tank that has plenty of open space for them to be able to swim around. They also like having rocks and other decorations in their habitat because it provides them with places where they can hide if necessary or places to lay their eggs.

Electric yellow cichlid tank mates

Since electric yellow cichlids are so small, they can be paired with a variety of different fish species. However, it is important to make sure that their tank mates are compatible with them and will not bully or harm them. Some good choices for tank mates include other small fish varieties like guppies or tetras, as well as some invertebrates like snails or shrimp.

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electric yellow cichlids

Electric yellow cichlids are a very popular species for breeding because they are so easy to care for and they lay their eggs in a variety of different places. Once the female has become pregnant, she will start to look for a place to lay her eggs. Some common spots include among rocks or on the underside of leaves. The eggs will hatch in about three days and the fry will be able to swim around on their own within a week.

Life cycle

The electric yellow cichlid goes through a complete life cycle, from egg to adult. The eggs are laid on rocks or plants, and the parents guard them until they hatch. The fry (newly hatched fish) stay close to their parents for protection and learn how to hunt and survive from them. When the fries are big enough, they leave their parents to find their own territory. They can live for up to 20 years.

Are they aggressive or peaceful?

Electric yellow cichlids are generally peaceful, but they can be aggressive when defending their territory. They usually get along well with other fish but may attack smaller or weaker fish.

Electric yellow cichlid care

electric yellow cichlids

Electric yellow cichlids are a great fish for beginner aquarium owners. They are hardy and easy to care for, and they come in a beautiful bright yellow color.

In order to keep your electric yellow cichlid healthy and happy, you will need to provide them with a tank that is at least 20 gallons in size. You will also need to ensure that the water temperature is kept between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and that the pH level is between alkaline and neutral.

They are carnivorous fish, so you will need to provide them with a diet that is high in protein. A good way to do this is to feed them frozen or live foods.

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What they eat

Electric yellow cichlids are carnivorous fish. They will eat live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and krill. Another option is to feed them flakes that have been enriched with vitamins and minerals.

What you shouldn’t feed your electric yellow cichlid includes vegetables like lettuce leaves and processed meats.

Water conditions

electric yellow cichlids

In order to keep your fish healthy and happy, you will need to provide them with a tank that is at least 20 gallons in size.

You will also need to ensure that the water temperature is kept between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and that the pH level is between alkaline and neutral.

They are hardy fish, but they can still get sick. In order to avoid this from happening it is important that you regularly test the water in your tank for pH levels and ammonia.

You should also try to provide them with an environment that has good filtration, whether that be with an internal or external filter.


Their average lifespan is around five years.

Parasites and diseases

They are susceptible to a variety of parasites and diseases. Some common problems include: Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, or “white spot disease” Hexamita salmonis or “hexamitiasis”, Costia necatrix or “costiasis” Trichodina ocellata or “trichodine”

If you notice any of these problems in your fish, take the fish to a qualified aquarist for diagnosis and treatment. It is important to address parasites and diseases early, as they can cause significant harm to your fish. With prompt treatment, most of these conditions can be cured fairly easily.


They are known to be prey for many kinds of predators. This can happen in the wild or in an aquarium environment and is often the result of uneaten food that has fallen to the bottom of a tank. Some common fish-eating animals include: Pike Cichlid, Bass, Catfish, Piranha,

It is important to be aware of these predators and take steps to protect your electric yellow cichlids. One way to do this is by using a tank cover to keep animals out of the aquarium. You can also use hiding places, such as rocks or artificial plants, to help your fish feel safe and secure.

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Do they make good pets?

Yes. They are excellent aquarium fish and make good pets. They are hardy, easy to care for, and very colorful. With a little bit of basic knowledge, you can keep them healthy and happy in your home aquarium.

What fish can I put with electric yellow cichlids?

Some good tank mates for electric yellow cichlids include other South American cichlids, such as firemouths and oscars. You can also add some smaller fish, such as tetras or guppies. Be sure to avoid any fish that may be aggressive or predatory, as they could harm your fish.

Are electric yellow cichlids Hardy?

Yes, electric yellow cichlids are very hardy and make good pets. They can tolerate a variety of different water conditions and generally do well in aquariums with other fish species. With proper care, they will often breed as well.

Is electric yellow cichlid a Mbuna?

No. Electric yellow cichlids are not actually mbunas, but they do originate from Lake Malawi in Africa.


Electric yellow cichlid fish are a beautiful and hardy fish species that make excellent pets. With proper care, they will thrive in an aquarium environment and often breed readily. Be sure to research the needs of these fish before adding them to your tank, as they can be difficult to care for if you are not familiar with their requirements.