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Caring For Electric Yellow Lab Cichlids
African Cichlids comprise of some of the most beautiful freshwater fish in the hobby and the Electric Yellow Cichlid ranks up with the most popular of these beautiful fish. If you have been considering keeping Electric Yellow Labs in a home aquarium there are quite a few things that you should know in order to have healthy, vibrant fish in your aquarium. Like all fish, Electric Yellow Cichlids need to have proper water conditions and the right aquarium setup in order to keep the fish alive for a long time. These freshwater fish come from the waters of Lake Malawi in Africa and thrive when their living conditions are similar to the conditions they had in the wild. There are some basic things that you will need in order to be able to give your fish the best environment to live in..
Small Groups Thrive
These fish are very easy to care for. They are not as aggressive as some of the other African Cichlids but are still territorial. Do not keep them with smaller community fish. They grow to be about 3 inches in length on average and small groups of 3 or 4 may be kept in as small as a 29 gallon tank. Small groups of 3 or 4 do well with one male and 2 or 3 females. It is also important that the group of fish should have more females than males because a dominant male can injure or kill a smaller male. Electric Yellow Cichlids are rock dwellers and a home aquarium should include some type of rock formations along with caves and passageways. The tank should also be well lit and contain a fine gravel or sandy bottom. It is best to apply some type of background with an underwater scene for a better sense of security for the Electric Yellow Cichlid fish.
Electric Yellow cichlids are fairly hardy and can adapt to a range of water conditions. But, even though they are hardy, they will show more vibrant colors and be more healthy when water conditions are best suited for them. The water should be medium - hard, alkaline with the temperature range between 72 degrees to 77 degrees.
Mouth Brooding Cichlids
When breeding the Electric Yellow Cichlid will actually spawn just about anywhere in the tank. After spawning, both the male and female may still be kept together, however you may choose to move the male to another tank so he doesn't bother the female while she cares for the eggs and fry. Typically the female Electric Yellow will choose to incubate her eggs within a cave. Electric Yellow Cichlids are mouth brooding Cichlids which means that they protect their eggs and fry by carrying them inside their mouths. Because of this form of caring for their fry, Electric Yellows tend to have small broods of fry. It is a good idea to feed the fry baby brine shrimp for first couple of months after they hatch.
A proper diet is the last and very important part to having a vibrant and healthy Electric Yellow Labidochromis. Thes fish are omnivorous and will eat a wide range of foods. Commercial foods such as Cichlid pellets and other frozen or freeze dried foods are excellent choices to give to your fish. Feed them a couple times per day and only give them what can be consumed in 5 minutes.