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Labidochromis caeruleus

Picture of Labidochromis caeruleus Picture of Labidochromis caeruleus
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Common name:Yellow lab, Electric yellow, Canary cichlid
Scientific name:Labidochromis caeruleus
Size:4" (10cm)
Origin:Lake Malawi, East Africa
Tank setup:Typical rocky Malawi tank
Compatibility:Combine with other mbuna species, not overly aggressive.
Temperature:23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistry:Hard and alkaline: pH 7.6-8.6 ; GH 7 plus ; KH 10-12 ideally, but at least 5-6.
Feeding:Small crustaceans and insect larvae, will accept most aquarium foods. More omnivorous than many mbuna, but the diet should still include a vegetable component.
Sexing:There is no obvious colour difference between males and females, but males may show more black on the fins, particularly the ventral fins. Dominant males will tend to be a brighter yellow, but both females and sub-dominant males may appear duller in colour, as well as exhibiting less black on the fins. Males may also exhibit a brownish patch in the area between the eye and mouth.
Breeding:Mouthbrooder. There is no defined territory for spawning.
Comments: One of the most commonly kept and easily recognized of the Malawi mbuna. This species is not overly aggressive, and should mix well with other low to medium aggression mbuna, or even smaller 'haps' in large enough tanks.

See also the Malawi mbuna section for more detailed info on keeping and breeding the Malawi mbuna cichlids.


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