Labidochromis caeruleus "Electric Yellow"
Origin and locale/variety: Western coast of Lake Malawi between Charo and Chizi Point and eastern coast of Lake Malawi between Cape Kaiser and Lumbaulo, East Africa
Size: Adults are usually 3.0 to 5 inches in aquarium environment.
Sex differences: Males obtain a beautiful bright yellow with heavy black trim in dorsal, anal and ventral fins. Females similar but with less black.
Aquarium behavior: Labidochromis caeruleus is a very undemanding cichlid. In the aquarium, they thrive in any almost any community set-up. It is one of the most peaceful mbuna species, even when breeding. It can be bullied by larger, aggressive species. The fish accepts most any environment that has gravel/sand, rocks, and even live plants.
Aquarium diet: L. caeruleus readily accept most foods: flakes, frozen, pellets, and live. A combination of flakes and infrequent feedings of frozen food is recommended.
Observed spawning habits: Males will display for female's attention. A male will normally put on an elaborate show for the female whenever and wherever he feels like it. Courting rituals are spontaneous and exciting. L. caeruleus is a maternal mouthbrooder. The species breeds readily in any aquarium in which it is comfortable.
Other information: The intensity and shading of the yellow among different populations can vary. Some individuals will show "blackish" markings on the head or body.
Trivia: While L. caeruleus is frequently found in captivity, it is a prized find in the wild. Wild-caught specimens are seldom offered for sale.