Name:   Labidochromis caeruleus "Lions Cove" (Trewavas 1935)


Common name:   Yellow Lab or Electric Yellow

Location:    Near Lions Cove in Lake Malawi

Adult size:    4 1/2 inches (12 cm)

Diet:    insectivore

Labidochromis caeruleus from other locations can be white with black stripes (Lundo Island). pure white (Nkhata Bay), or white with a light hint of blue (Undu Point).

L caeruleus color varieties


Personal notes:  I can remember when the first yellow labs came on the market quite a few years ago now.  I had to swallow very hard to fork out $20 to $25 each for this incredibly beautiful and "rare" (at the time) species.  But over the years this cichlid has proven to breed very easily and the hyper-interest calmed down as they became very common.  But I still can't resist buying some yellow labs when I come across some very good examples of the species.  My second dolony of electric yellows were purchased in the summer of 2008 and they are still going strong.  They've done quite well in my rock filled 180 gallon tank.  It seems that this is the one and only fish that breeds and some of the fry survive to adulthood.  

Note the hint of blue in the fins of this male Labidochromis caeruleus (above left).


Above are some of the yellow labs that survived to adulthood in a community 180 gallon tank.

The yellow labs above were the result of a mercy bid at a club auction.  They did not look very good (note the light color and the faint stripes).  I got rid of this colony as soon as they were large enough to see that they were not a good breed.

Next Malawi cichlid <== Labidochromis Caeruleus "Lundu Island"

See also:


Sam Bornsteins site

Hill Country Cichlid Club