- Scientific Name
- Labidochromis caeruleus
- Up to 10 years
- 10-15 cm (4–6”) long
- Tropical, fresh water
- Lake Malawi, eastern Africa
Yellow Cichlids add colour to your aquarium and should be kept with fish of similar size and temperament. They are semi-aggressive and territorial, but plenty of room to swim and adequate hiding places will usually create a peaceful environment for your pets.
Cichlids need lots of room to swim around, plus plenty of hiding spots and space. Choose a tank that’s at least 30 gallons, and decorate it with plants, rocks, and ornaments that fish can hide out in and explore. Keep Cichlids with fish of the same size and temperament.
Eight to twelve hours of light each day is recommended. Turn the light on when you feed your fish in the morning, and turn it off again at night, or use an automatic timer. An aquarium hood with built-in light fixtures will reduce water evaporation and splashing and keep your fish safe.
Keep your aquarium between 23 and 28 °C (74 and 82 °F). Buy a heater with five watts of power per gallon of water in your aquarium. Prevent hot spots and temperature variations in large aquariums by using two smaller heaters, one at each end of the tank, instead of a single, more powerful one.
Every week, replace 10% of the water with fresh, conditioned water. Vacuum gravel, check filter cartridges, and replace 25% of the water once a month. Test water regularly or let PetSmart test for you for free. Always dechlorinate tap water before adding it to the tank, and avoid soaps and detergents, as these can be toxic to fish.
Feed your Cichlids once or twice a day, only as much as they’ll eat in three minutes. Take care not to overfeed. Choose flake or pelleted fish food, and supplement their diet with vegetable-based foods like spirulina flakes as well as freeze-dried or frozen brine shrimp, bloodworms or tubifex worms.