Species name: Labidochromis Caeruleus
Common Names: Blue streak hap, Yellow Lab, Electric Yellow Lab, Lemon Yellow
Family: Cichlidae (Cichlids) , subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Max. size: 12 cm / 5 inches
Origin: Lake Malawi, north-western coast.
Temperament: relatively Aggressive.
Company: Can be kept with other species with the same temperament. This fish is very suited for a Lake Malawi community tank.
Water parameters: pH 7.5-8.5, temperature 23-28°C / 74-82° F
Aquarium setup: Requires stone formations that allows the fish good hiding places and free areas to swim on. Don’t use roots in your aquarium since they lower PH levels.
Feeding: Accepts all kinds, vegetable is important and should be the bulk of their diet
Breeding: Mouth-brooder. Easily breed. Keep one male with 3-4 females. The female will brood for up to 3 weeks. You can tell if a female is brooding by her enlarged mouth and the fact that she isn’t eating. Fry accepts most kinds of food. Brooding females can be isolated for more productive breeding. It is recommendable to try to make the isolation as short as possible to avoid that the females loses their social status which may cause fights once they are returned. Stress might cause the females to eat eggs and fry. Some fry may survive in a community tank.
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