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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Jay Trebilcock - 2011-08-30
Anyone know what a typical brood size is? And can these guys mate with the common orange African cichlids you see for sale in the chain pet stores all the time? I think its a orange chromatid maybe?

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  • Jay Trebilcock - 2011-08-30
    thanks Toby, very helpful info!
Jay Trebilcock - 2011-08-30
I had a male Yellow from when I first set-up the tank and got a female about a 3 weeks ago. I don't if I purchased her pregnant (she was really small) or if the male did it but we found 4 small fry today, they are about small bean sized. I missed the whole mouth brooding stage.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-30
    Animal World article attached and according to the information your little gal was pregnant and carrying the babes in her mouth for about 18 days. Eggs longer than that total time about 40 days eggs to babies out and swimming. So congratulations. I mean who would think to look in her mouth to see if she was carrying children around? She will prbably do it again so you will catch it next time.
edo - 2011-08-03
Yellow labs, are territorial, they will defend it, and cichlid should only be in tank with other cichlids. Otherwise they will eat/attack/kill the other fish, like I read here at some comments.

When the female isn't eating, she is pregnant. It's all normal behavior.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-04
    Good to know I didn't know they didn't at when pregnant.
Shannon - 2011-06-14
They are the least agressive of all Cichlids for a community tank. I have always had 5 - 8 Electric Yellows in a 20 gallon tank and over the years they have been calm with mollies, guppies, loaches and algae eaters. They have always been comfortable and breed like crazy!!

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  • Love IsPower - 2011-07-14
    I have 8 yellow labs with mollies and guppies and they all get along great...
Justin - 2011-06-06
I have recently gotten a 36 gallon bow front aquarium. I wanted to try African cichlids. I have successfully maintained a 55 gallon for a long time and I understand the ammonia to nitrites to nitrates, lighting, filter and est.

1.I have a sand bottom with an inch to 2 inches in various spots. I have rocks with holes and 4 cichlid stones. I have heard that 1/4 is the most for substrate, is this a big deal or is it more random nonessential information. Also the sand gets bubbles forming under the surface. There is no bubbler in the tank and the filter doesn't disturb the water (bubble wise) that far down. Are these nitrite/nitrate bubbles? Should I be alarmed?

2. I bought 4 "assorted" cichlids. I know that one of them is a labidochromis and another is an electric blue. There is two others, orange and albino? I am pretty sure that they are mubas? I have heard that minimum for keeping this type is 15 fish in a 125 gallon+ and I have also heard that I can have about 6 in my 36 gallon tank. Will they be to agressive to the lowest on the totem pole? What is a good answer to my predicament? Will I have to return the ones I have, or can I by 2 more?

3. I have also heard that you can use dither fish to calm them down, rainbows or whatnot. I have also heard that you cant mix them with any thing else then African cichlids. Is this wrong or true?

I am so frustrated with the internet right now. I find what seems to be right and a few minutes later it's left.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-06-07
    I love those bow front tanks, should make for a beautiful display. It does sound like you have 4 Mbuna, the rock-dwelling cichlids originating from Lake Malawi. Exact species is tough to determine because these fish have hybridized much throughout the hobby, unless you buy a particular species rather than say a fish labeled Pseudotropheus sp., you can't know for sure. However, all Mbuna have the same basic requirements.

    I think the reason you may be reading 1/4" gravel is because cichlids are notorious for rearranging the substrate and this large size substrate is hard for them to move. Personally I don't mind that, and have used finer substrates. Yet with an undergravel filter, I have to watch to make sure they don't create bald areas resulting in the filter loosing its efficiency.

    Bubbles form in the aquarium with a variety of gasses. Nitrates and Nitrites are chemicals in the water, so probably not necessarily what's in the bubbles. As bubbles are aggitated and float to the surface the gasses will then be exchanged for oxygen. But I don't know of any problems developing with having bubbles hanging around, so can't answer that.

    Your question on the number of cichlids depends on a number of things, with no hard and fast rules. You should be okay as far as load on the aquarium, especially with regular water changes. The real question is compatibility. Each male will want a territory, and he will defend it fiercely. But it is a small territory focused around his particular cluster of rocks. So you need to have enough rocks and caves to accommodate them. Then you should mostly see them keeping other fish at bay when they approach the area. However sometimes you get more aggressive fish that will take pursuit. But again with enough rocks and caves, you provide lots of get-a-ways. Your tanks sounds like its good in this regard, so I would probably stick with the 4 fish and see what happens. You could try a couple more, but you may find there's not enough territories. You may also find you need to add more rocks. Yes, it is often the "low" fish on the totem pole that gets the most aggression. Dither fish can help to keep the aggressor busy by spreading out the aggression, but I personally like to try and get the tank decor to help solve this.

    As far as mixing fish, it depends on the tank. I have kept (and currently keep) Mbuna with other tropical fish (and a few goldfish... lol), but in a large aquarium with plenty of space for all, and plenty of rocks and caves. The cichlids don't seem to be concerned with the other fish accept for reminding them to stay away from their caves/rocks. They all come up and eat together. I wouldn't recommend this for some of the more aggressive and much larger South American cichlids though, because I can't provide a large enough aquarium space (the 100's of gallons type).

    With that said, once you have a well established cichlid tank, you have to be careful adding new fish. The older fish rule, and don't take kindly to intruders. Some things that can help are to remove the existing fish, rearrange everything so there are no established territories, and then re-introduce both the old and new fish together. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. It's actually better to get a new larger tank with a whole new environment, so that everybody is on equal footing. But new fish can be introduced, just be sure to monitor the situation closely until you're sure it will work it out. Otherwise you have to pull the new fish and put them in their own tank.

    Justin, I hope all this helps. You actually ask really good questions and I'm sure you will have a beautiful display in your bowfront.
  • Justin - 2011-06-10
    Thank you for the response!
    I know of the younger the more compatible thing with cichlids, so I bought the 4 smallest ones in the store. I do water changes about every other week or when needed. I have another question..... The sand in the bottom, do I put the siphon a little above the sand after stirring it up or do I turn the siphon off when the sand gets near the top of the plastic tube? The fish don
  • Sam - 2011-06-25
    I'm not sure if you are still looking for an answer, but...
    The bubbles under sand are not good. They are gasses that build up and if released all at once will harm your fish. This is a common problem with sand tanks. Usually loaches or malaysian trumpet snails can stir up the sand so that this does not happen.
    In regards to the aggression, I bought 6 "assorted" cichlids and had about the same mix as you. I find that the yellow labs get terrorized and I had to move one out of the tank because the others ate his fins. They have since grown back, but I don't think i will be putting him back with the others. Hope I could help.
Jay - 2010-11-09
Hello I have 2 electric yellows female and male, my male keeps chasing the female around and I notice the female is missing parts of her fin, also notice she hasn't been eating for a few days anything I can do?

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  • lisa - 2011-04-01
    I would consider adding more females for him. The dominant male in my tank, if he wants to breed and a female does not he will pick on her. If you have more he will focus less on one female and hopefully do her less damage.
  • Veronica Davidson - 2011-05-29
    When they have eggs in their mouth they won't eat. Is it possible that they mated and you missed it? If the female has a bump under the bottom jaw area thats a sign she has a mouth full of eggs. My females will not eat and will hide a bit when they have eggs. I've had some females mate and never knew it till one day I saw babies going in and out of their mouths.
Shane - 2011-05-20
Why does my electric yellow cichlid shake its body when i's near another?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-20
    The shaking behavior is usually the male trying to attract a female for breeding. Kinda neat. There are some short movies of this behavior on u-tube. I just entered cichlids shaking and got about 6 shorts - only one was good. I don't know how to send the link for the one. Sorry. Have fun.
Wanda Hayward - 2011-04-11
I have 2 yellow labs, after 2 weeks the black on the fin is now gray. It is just on one of them. I wonder what am I doing wrong. They are eating the same, and also playing the same. Please help!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    I can't know for sure but look up FISH DISEASE and TREATMENT on Animal-World or click on the that link in one of the questions. There is one sympton that describes the fin turning grey and it says it is a fungal infection and there is a recommended treatment. The Animal-World owners did fish for a trillion years and the symptoms and treament are in plain english and easy to understand. Try looking it up and see if it helps. Let us know. OK?
Vanessa Horrigan - 2011-03-29
This is a silly question but will an electric yellow and cobolt blue labs breed together? Just asking cause I really want to breed my cuckoo catfish and they seem like a good one and I like their colours. But I cannot decide which one I should get.

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  • Vanessa Horrigan - 2011-03-29
    Also is there a difference between a electric yellow lad and an electric yellow cichlid? If so can you tell me how?
Keith - 2010-10-25
Hi I have had my electrics for a few months now and they're breeding like mad started with 4 now have over 50 with the babies lol anyone know the pricing of these fish or a good price to sell them for?

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  • JR - 2010-11-28
    I get $3 each for the fry at 4-5 months old.
  • jason - 2011-03-03
    Impossible to say as it depends where you live.