Yellow Labido

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Labidochromis caeruleus - Fryer, 1956
Yellow Labido

One of the least aggressive and easiest to keep of the Mbuna African cichlids.


The Yellow Labido is a glorious, slinky fish and among the least aggressive of the Lake Malawi Mbunas (“um-boo-nas” or rock dwellers). Males have a bright-yellow body color with black pigment in their fins.

Family: Cichlidae

Other common name(s):

  • Electric Yellow Cichlid
  • Pearl Labidochromis
  • Blue Streak Hap

Native range:

Habitat: The Yellow Labido is a rock-dwelling mbuna that requires an environment with lots rockwork and caves (piles of rocks or flowerpots) so that each male can have its own territory. They need hard, alkaline water to do best, so provide a fine-grade dolomite or coral-based gravel substrate and leave some open swimming room.

Maximum length: 8 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Freshwater 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)

General swimming level: Everywhere.


Omnivore. Yellow Labidochromis are not fussy eaters. Provide them with a varied diet that includes good-quality flake and pelleted foods, some of which contain vegetable (Spirulina) matter. Bloodworms, brine shrimp and other meaty foods are also appreciated and color-enhancing foods will maintain the intense yellow color.

Aquarium Compatibility

The Yellow Labido can be successfully maintained in a tank with other mbunas. It is best to acquire a group of one male to several females.

Special Care

African cichlids require high alkalinity and hard water: pH 7.8–8.5 and 10-20 DH.


Mouthbrooding cave spawners that will breed readily.


They are hard on live plants, so choose artificial or unpalatable varieties like Java Fern. Good filtration and regular water changes are a must.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: JJ
Text credit: KW