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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chris - 2011-07-21
Actually,my electric yellow isn't as calm as I had expected. It killed off all of my fish except for a molly and some neons. The molly that survived was actually pretty a aggressive molly and at the time I found it fighting with my electric yellow, and yes I mean a molly fighting with a cichlid. The electric yellow beat up the molly. The electric yellow bit off the mollys tail and fins, and to this day the poor molly has no left "arm fin". I had to put the electric yellow with my lone male plakat betta in another 10g fishtank to save what was left of my community tank. When I put the yellow in the betta picked on it at fist, but a day later after it claimed its territory I found the betta between 2 of my plants in its 10g fishtank with barely any fins so I take the betta out and put it in what's left of the community and it heals up. 1 month later I try the combination again to see that the electric grew 1cm and was about as big the plakat from head to toe. I see the electric spinning around the poor betta but the betta couldn't catch it. 3 minutes later the betta is beat up in the corner of the tank.i take the electric yellow out of my betta tank and put it in with my other mbunas and everythings good.

imo electic yellows should just be kept with other mbunas and not community fish

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  • Philip - 2011-10-15
    Neons and mollys are community fish and will only rarely survive with cichlids. Cichlids are, by comparison, aggressive and will harass/ stress/kill most community fish. Electric yellow are reasonably calm when kept with other cichlids.
  • Jog - 2011-10-17
    Did you not do some research before letting off the bull in the china glass market ? Even the most novice fishkeeper does some research before introducing any new fish in the tank. !
  • doug - 2011-12-20
    Why would you put a cichlid with mollies ... And then put it in a betta tank. Betas are never suppose to be with any other fish.I have a cichlid tank with other Cichlids In
    it and these fish are amazing. Their also a great fish fish to have if you bright fish but don't
    want a saltwater tank.
  • jane - 2012-02-17
    You shouldn't mix chilids with other fish. You can only have chilids with chilids.
  • dean - 2012-03-04
    I have 2 Electric Yellow Cichlids in with a school of tiger barbs and a red tail shark, the yellows swim with the school of tiger barbs but don't harrass them. When first introduced they established dominance over the shark but then left it alone once everybody knew who was the boss of the tank :)
  • jb - 2012-05-01
    I have kept one male electric yellow he was 5in with a dozen of mollies, 20 neons, kribensis, 2 bristlenose and 5 yoyo loaches still happy now
  • bob - 2012-11-12
    10 gallon*
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carl - 2011-11-10
Hi I have a 2 yellow labs, last week I watched them breeding, she had the eggs in her mouth for 2 days, the next morning her eggs were gone mouth empty, they then breed again later that day and had eggs again in her mouth, following day eggs went again, this morning had eggs again in her mouth, just looked tonight and her mouth seems empty again, why is this and what's happening to her eggs? thanks

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  • pam - 2012-08-13
    They are probably getting eaten by the parents. I know my red jewels just had over 100 frys and everyday they would get less and less til there were none but I read that's normal for the first couple times until they get it right. It's normal don't worry. I'm sure they will have more and get it right. You did nothing wrong.
  • slau - 2012-11-06
    Are you sure you have a male and female? Female still have eggs in her mouth. Female holds the eggs for 3 weeks until fry are hatch. The best is to remove female to her breeding tank alone.
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Jit Sarkar - 2012-10-11
Please Help. I have 6 Yellow labs. One of them is clearly the dominant male. Another one (Same size and age with the dominant male) with very rich colour has thick black borders in anal and Dorsal Fins, But has no egg spot. Is it possible a male without any sign of egg spot? Or a female with same size, same rich colour & dark borders in fins like? I want to breed them carefully in a species tank with only 1 male. At first I thought due to the presence of the dominant male it is acting to be female, But I noticed clear transparent fin with no sign of any spot, and the dominant male shows no aggression.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-11
    Any idea on the age of the fish?  Maybe they have not hit sexual maturity yet.
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Tanya - 2012-08-26
How do you tell the difference between male and female yellow electric cichlids? I've done some research and so far for the most part, it looks like the males have black on all fins, and the females do not. However, I have also seen it were the female had black on all fins also. I'm a little confused?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-27
    Males typically larger and will develop a blueish color.  Easiest to tell during breeding.  The males colorong will really pop!
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Maria - 2011-05-30
Hi, my brother is out of town and left me with his yellow fins. In these three months of taking care of them I saw never saw any strange behavior until I got to my office this morning and saw that one of them (if not mistaken, female) was lying dead on the sand without and eye and a hole on its stomach...I've been feeding them properly and last night when I left they were all doing great. Can someone please tell me what happened? I'm new to fish caring and would like to know a bit more on how to take good care of them. From what I read, the tank my brother has put them in (now three, used to be four) isn't too big and I've seen them push the sand so it caves up. I currently have two male and a Female in the tank, is there anything I need to be aware of?

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  • raghu - 2011-08-09
    Dear Maria, what substrate do use? There could be a chance of fish trying to dig and ended up with a piece stuck in its throat or it could have hurt its eye to your rocky arrangements. Or it could be due to stress.
  • Chris - 2012-05-13
    2 males and 2 females in a tank is a bad ratio to have. You want to have at least 3 females for every male in the tank, or they will be harrassed to death. They have been mounding up the sand to establish a breeding area, which makes me think the female was killed because she wasn't interested in breeding at that time. I know this is an old thread, but I figured I should respond to help others with the same problem.
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Daryl - 2012-04-13
It would be highly inaccurate to say this fish is not territorial. All cichlids hold a degree of territorial nature. I have three labs, a kenyi and a red zebra, each of which have their own homes and the yellow-like other cichlids-will defend their territory. While they are possibly the most peaceful cichlids (passed by the kribensis), they are still aggressive and territorial

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Jamie - 2011-10-20
Ok I have an electric yellow a common orange, a bumble bee and a red jewel. We now have babies, for the life of me I can't figure out who the breeders are. Any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-21
    Beats me but possibly you will be able to tell when they achieve full coloring. Why worry - they obviously figured out what to do. Just enjoy.
  • Sandy - 2011-11-15
    I had one Kenyl that mated with an Electric Yellow cichlid and had babies. I thought that was bizarre. Sandy
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jane - 2012-02-17
i think my male yellow lab chilid is dying. He is always on the bottom of the tank not eating and he is turning green. My females and the the other chilids I have are fine. Can you help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-26
    Yeah, he sounds like he's not doing well, but not sure why he's turning green. You may want to move him into a separate tank and try to determine if he is having any illness. Here's a link that can help: Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments
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ザフラ エリック ヴァン - 2012-01-16
Hi, I recently got addicted to this hobby. I have 3 yellow labs in my tank about 3 inches in size with haps, peacocks and a few pseudotropheus. I was surprised however to see one yellow lab carrying eggs in her mouth the other night. Would it hurt just to leave her in the tank or should I isolate her before the eggs hatch? Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    Yes, you should remove her to another tank ASAP. This is an article I found on mouth brooding cichlids that I thought you might be interested in Mouth Breeding Cichlids and I thought it looked good.
  • ザフラ エリック ヴァン - 2012-01-19
    Thanks for the info and nice read! I still have much to learn in this hobby. >* ))))><
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kari - 2012-01-03
I have a 46 gallon bowfront tank with 5 yellow lab cichlids and last night I found 2 fry how many will they have at one time and will I find more? I read that I should have at least 6 cichlids in my tank should I get a couple more or is 5 safe for the size of tank I have?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-03
    The Electric yellow cichlid is a mouth breeder and they will a when they are younger and inexperienced usually have between 1 and 3 dozen fry - that number goes up as they gain experience. You don't need a 6th as they will live singly or in pairs. You don't NEED 6 but many enjoy them all in pairs.
  • Robert - 2012-01-05
    Actually the Lemon Yellow shouldn't be put in with your mollys as mollys are a community fish and the lemon yellow is an aggressive fish. I'm surprised he didn't kill it competely.They should be put with other ciclids
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