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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Shayna - 2010-04-10
I had two electric yellow cichlids for about two months when one of them died. We had guppies with them and the remaining cichlid killed them all! Since then my mom and I have added around ten fish with the cichlid and he has killed them all.... any ideas on what sort of fish to put with it? It's a 10 gallon tank. Thanks!

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  • Brenda - 2010-04-16
    I say do some research on your fish. The electric yellow cichlids, as most cichlids, are aggressive fish and only put in a tank with their own kind.
    Try blue cichlids and convicts and you might want to get a larger tank. If you want these kind of fish they get very large, 8 inches and at least a 55 gal tank is suggested, especially if you want more. I would stay away from pacus and oscars. They are very pretty fish but get to be very large fish. Some are larger than a ft. I hope that helps you out.
  • Amanda - 2010-04-29
    Hi just been reading your post, I suggest you try and get at least a 20 gallon tank as a 10 gallon tank is too small. Plus which type of yellow cichlid is it? If it is a 'lab' then it will be lonely therefore will be aggressive plus it's best to keep to cichlids as a whole and have more males than females, as males are constantly trying to get attention. I hope this helps you =)
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Rui - 2010-03-28
How can I determine a female from a male??? Thnx

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  • mindy - 2010-05-09
    Mature males about 1/3 larger than female-male will get darker in face when in breeding mode..mature male 5 inches-female 3 1/2-4 inches.
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Tianna Buhr - 2010-03-19
I have two yellow labs in a 60 gallon tank. One of them is turning to very dark grey and can't swim very well. What should I do. Is he sick ? Is he dying?

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susan matthias - 2009-01-25
can any1 tell me y mine are goin a mucky black colour please

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    The males will turn a bluish-black color when reaching sexual maturity or during spawning.
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harry - 2009-05-19
Okay, so last week I got my fish and they are not eating. What do I do, I do not know want to feed them. I went to the petstore and they said that they would like it, BUT THEY DON'T so what do I feed them, and they are electric yellow. HELP, I NEED TO FEED THEM!

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    You can feed tropical/cichlid flake food, cichlid pellets, spirulina flakes/frozen food, and other meaty frozen foods, such as bloodworms and brine shrimp. You can also feed romaine lettuce, spinach leaves, or zucchini.
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Zeke - 2009-05-29
I love theese cool litte fish! I just discoverd today, that one of my females is currently holding! Now, contrary to popular belief, feeding Yellow Labs will not promote "and ugly black color" like the comment below suggest. The "ugly black color" is actually the mature coloring of dominant males. I actually find it quite befitting, and an easy way to sex them.

Also, another comment said they mixed some convicts in with Labs. Just because they are a more peaceful Mbuna species, doesn't mean they are harmless. Peaceful for a Mbuna, sure, peaceful in general, NOPE. They only do well with other Mbuna and shell dwelling species like Red Zebra's and Brichardi.

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Mark Bleeker - 2009-05-23
I have a 20 gallon tank with 4 adult "yellow labs" ( 2 males & 2 females ) 3 juvi's and 4 newly "born" babies. I have had some of these fish, or their offspring for over 12 years now. This tank always gets comments from first time visitors. I have the back glass painted black and rock stacked tall on 3/4 of the tank. the black background makes the yellow colors really "pop" under the flouresents. My fish are very happy and healthy. They are constantly "mating and breeding". most of the fry get eaten up in the first day or two after being released, but thats OK because I really don't have room for any more of them! Highly reccomended fish for beginners! I do so little to maintain this tank, it's ridiculous! The inside glass gets cleaned 2-3 times a weeks to keep it looking it's best, but other than that, I only clean the waterfall filter about every two months or so. VERY EASY AND REWARDING FISH!
I LOVE my "Yellow Labs"!

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Mark Bleeker - 2009-05-23
Your electric yellows will turn an ugly black color if you feed them "color enhancing" flakes! Do not use this stuff, it will take months for the color to return to electric yellow!

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Lisa - 2009-01-18
I have a 3.5 inch electric yellow and a (what I think is) 3 inch blue electric yellow in a 29 gallon with an 8.5 inch pleco. We had a snakefish, but it died yesterday. Today we brought home four blue ahlis and two convicts and the bigger yellow just won't leave them alone! One of the ahlis is about 5 inches and it's still getting picked on. I thought that they were supposed to be docile...

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steve - 2008-09-18
Have 2 housed in a 55 gallon tank with 9 other african's, plus 2 lace catfish, and after only a month the two of them mated! The male dug a hole under a decorative hollowed out log, and the female sat in there for a few days, with the male chasing everybody else away who got close. Well, now she's swimming around with a bloated mouth, and he's back to his usual ways. Love the colors on this fish, and they're very personable. If I tap the glass, the male will come out of wherever he's hiding and come to the glass. We will be moving them to a 10 gallon breeder tank when the young are swimmming, then back after the young are old enough to handle themselves. Was told by the local petshop guys that they'll probably spawn every couple of months now.

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