Animal Stories - Electric Yellow Cichlid


Animal-World Information about: Electric Yellow Cichlid

The bold striking colors of the Electric Yellow Cichlid have certainly helped it earn its name!
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aiden - 2014-09-10
I have a 50litre tank and am looking at these wonderful fish and was wondering: How many do I get? Do they go well with bristlenose catfish? How aggressive are they? what cheap fish do they go well with? Thanks everybody!! Sincerely Aiden

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Heya Aiden, if you add your aquarium where it says 'Enter a Freshwater Aquarium' (in the care parameters just below the intro) you will get the 'Fish Finder'. This cool tool let's you compare fish that are compatible and work with your tank.
  • Glenn - 2014-09-14
    For a 50 L, 2 or 3 breeding pairs would work great. I have a single one with 4 cherry barbs, an angelfish, a red fin shark, clown loach, and a bristle nose pleco. I have had no problems. They have a pretty mild temperament and are a very hardy and nice fish. I wouldn't get crabs ,shrimp etc though. They would get along well with the catfish, unless it is twice the size, and has a temperament. Tiger barbs are cheap and playful, especially in a school of 5 to 8. They are also very colorful, and have a perfect match for temperament with the cichlid.
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Sarah D. - 2010-12-12
I have a 300 gal cichlid tank. jeweled, electric yellow, electric blue, calico, convict, and fire mouth.. I only have 1 actual pair of fish which are the jeweled, but my electric is on her 2nd set of babies :o) Can an electric yellow cross breed? I'm really not sure what it could be breeding with in there, because as I said, one of each kind of fish. I really don't have a great knowledge of fish. I kind of stepped into owning them by accident, but I must be doing something right, I have only live plants, and lots of rocks for hiding, and apparently a breeding pair, Can someone help me? If you know if they can cross breed, can you let me know. The babies are all different colors. All are very similar to their mother, ( all a base color of a creamy yellow) but some are dark, some are striped, others just have the black fins. Thanks so much...

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-17
    Hi yes the yellow can cross breed with many other mbuna cichlids but if I had to guess I would say it is breeding with the electric blue.
  • matthew - 2014-04-09
    I do believe they can cross breed. I have a male and female yellow lab, and three snow whites, two females one male, that are breeding, one batch is all yellow, so I know the yellows breeding. The albinos fry are pale yellow with blueish fins and black tip fins like the yellow labs, very cool looking. My big male yellow lab just started turning grey on the lower half of his face, looking sick in a way but acting and eating healthy, he was so sharp looking, flawless all around. Now this started about three weeks ago after my heater failed and brought the temp over 110, surprised all my fish survived other than the three yellow peacocks... Could this colour change in the male lab be from that, him almost dying?
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matthew - 2014-04-09
I do believe they can cross breed, I have a male and female yellow lab, and three snow whites, two females one male, that are breeding, one batch is all yellow, so I know the yellows breeding. The albinos fry are pale yellow with blueish fins and black tip fins like the yellow labs, very cool looking. My big male yellow lab just started turning grey on the lower half of his face, looking sick in a way but acting and eating healthy, he was so sharp looking, flawless all around. Now this started about three weeks ago after my heater failed and brought the temp over 110, surprised all my fish survived other than the three yellow peacocks... Could this colour change in the male lab be from that him almost dying?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    Yes a major change in temperature could cause a temporary or possibly permanent color change.
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scott - 2012-04-21
My male yellow lab has been chasing the female lab and has stressed her. I've learned now I need more females to share the stress. I have her in a hospital net. What else can I do to stop her from dying...thanks ..scott

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  • slau - 2012-11-06
    How big is your fish tank? Best to have 3 or more females to 1 male yellow lab.
  • Wendy Dawn - 2014-03-30
    I recently had my 4 lb oscar die in my tank. I had 2 electric yellow females and one male, as well as a Jack Dempsey cichlid and a pleco. The one female is blind as a bat and now my male is also chasing the other female to her death. She's looking like she has fin rot but I assume it's the male ripping her to shreds. These fish are at their full grown size and if I introduce more females to the mix they will be too small to withstand the rest of the fish! Have you found any other solution Scott?
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graham - 2005-06-17
I am a real fish lover. i have all kinds but easily love my electric yellows the most. I have 3 large males and 2 small breeding females. i have them in a 5 foot tank and still they continue to fight. I guess its worth it when they started breeding. i now have over 60 electric yellows and still i find no end to the joy they give me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    Yeah, I love Electric Yellow Cichlids too! I had kept them for several years, and thoroughly enjoyed these active fellows... and they are so pretty!
  • alisha soulz - 2013-05-03
    my electric yellow got hurt very badly on its tail by the marbles of fish tank during water change its blood clotted in the tail kindly reply me soon what to do for that i love her i dont wana see her dead.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-03
    Generally the tail fin will grow back, as long as the damage isnt' too severe and into the caudal peduncle.
  • Patsy - 2013-10-12
    I am really sad. My Yellow Cichlid has died. He was so beautiful and up to a couple of days ago in fine form. He started racing up and down and around the front of the tank and was not eating as he usually came to me at feeding time. He shared the tank with another smaller female who he occasionally chased. She seems to be at the top of the tank behind the filter I think to hide from him sometimes. I will take the tank water in to be checked. Also I fed mostly Spirulina Meal sticks and sometimes flakes, What else should they have? He was so knowing and new me. I didn't think I could feel so sad about the loss of a fish, but I do. :-(
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Amy - 2013-07-11
I need help! I have a tank including a foot long (AGRESSIVE) Oscar cichlid, a sucker fish, a large goldfish, and 3 electric yellow cichlids. We were unsure of their genders, but I think there are 2 females and 1 male. We noticed little pellet like things over one of the large rocks and also on the gravel. RIGHT IN THE OSCAR'S AREA OF THE TANK. The yellow cichlids tend to hide in the rocks because of the Oscar so it was hard to get a good look and guess their genders, but two had pouches under their chins while the other didn't... But the other one was smaller! Please give me information on what to do!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-12
    Female Electric Yellow Cichlids lay their eggs and then take them into their mouths where the male will then fertilize them. If you want them to successfully breed, you might want to consider moving the other fish (especially the Oscar) into a separate aquarium. This will reduce the liklihood of your cichlids getting hurt and the fry from being eaten once they hatch and leave their mothers mouth. Read more specific breeding guidelines on Breeding Electric Yellow Cichlids.
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Sabrina Dunkerley - 2013-04-28
Hey, i just bought one of these electric yellow fish, and it is digging up all the rocks etc, and my pet store told me it was a female making a nest. How can you tell the difference between males and females cause i wanna buy a male now! :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-29
    The Electric Yellow Cichlid is a very nice fish, however sexing is difficult.  They need to be mature and as you can see from the topic above: Sex: Sexual differences, the male will be a bit bigger and when spawning be more colorful with a bluish cast. Because they are so hard to distinguish, that's why in the breeding section above they suggest you get 5-6 juveniles and raise them up together. That's your best chance of getting a male/female pair.
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Cheri - 2011-02-20
I just started my new 20 gal cichlid tank. I have a red zebra, a bumblebee, and an electric yellow. Do you think these fish are all ok together? I want to add one more...is there enough room? How do you tell if these fish are male or female?

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  • Paul Miller - 2011-03-27
    Not sure about the red but I have a bumblebee and two yellow labs in a 25 gal. and they seem to be doing awesome together. Going to get a few more yellow lab, but I have the same question about sexing them. I think mine may be too young to tell but would like some help in possibly determining the sex of them.
  • rachel - 2011-04-01
    I can help you with the bumblebee, but I don't know much about the others.
    If your bumblebee has 1-2 egg spots (small yellow circles) on its anal fin, its a female. But if it has 2-5 egg spots its a male.
    The male will grow to about 6 ft; and the female to 5 ft. A 50 gallon tank will work for a single fish, but you need a 100+ gallon if housed with other compatible fish.
    hope that helps!
  • rachel - 2011-04-02
    Sorry, not 6ft and 5ft, but 6in and 5in.
  • Danny - 2013-03-21
    A 20 gallon is way 2 small. U should have at least a afr55 gallon to house African cichlids. They wont become aggressive until there adults and u need 2 females to 1male. They get about 4-6 '. U need plenty of hiding places. Over stock (in the right size tank) to lower aggression. And u can tell male from female by venting. Loom u.derive
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Akshay Amle - 2011-07-28
Can i keep my yellow electric cichlid with my 3 red belly piranha which are 3 inches and cichlid is about a inch and half...someone please tell me asap..I need to move this cichlid from my tank to piranahs, cuz it eats the tail and the fins of angel fish and sometimes even kill them

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Not a good idea. - The cichlid will be seen as food. Sorry about that - another tank under consideration????
  • raghu - 2011-08-09
    Dear Akshay, adding your yellow with piranahas is like putting your finger to the fire. No ways.
  • mat everill - 2012-02-20
    I am doing that exact same thing but with a 10 gallon. Yes you can. Opinion loses to fact - do it.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-27
    If you want variety in your piranha tank, you can add some Convicts. They hold their own pretty well.
  • Guzel - 2013-03-02
    I have your standard Goldfish Bowl. My cat does not seem intersested in the fish but it is the only water my cat is drinking. I guess we will have to buy a fish tank with a lid and a pump to keep the cat out of the water!
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Anonymous - 2004-04-22
i have had a couple of these for two months and i have found them to be non-agressive. altough non-agressive they will still stand up to my fully grown firemouth and my giant snakeskin gourami. they always come to the front of the tank when someone is in the room. they are great.

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