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Labidochromis caeruleus "Yellow Morph"
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Group Mbuna
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Common Name "Yellow" "Kakusa" "Electric Yellow" "Yellow Lab"
Fish Size min 3" - max 4" Inches
Min Tank Size 30 Gallons
Sexual Differences Males and females look similar with vibrant yellow throughout head, body and fins. Black in dorsal, anal and pelvic fins. Some individuals may show an eggspot on the anal fin.

This species is not easy to sex. Males tend to be larger with a more pronounced forehead. Dominant males tend to show more black in the fins. Generally, a good candidate for venting.

General Information Located at Lion's Cove in the northern section. Another population is located further north at Kakusa. Found in deep water over rocky habitat. Diet in the wild consists of small invertebrates, insects, crustaceans. This fish is a natural morph of the regular L. caeruleus which is light blue/white in color. The yellow morph is relatively rare in the lake.

Aquarium should have plenty of rockwork to provide shelter, territorial markers and spawning sites. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food. Supplement with spirulina flake and frozen foods such as krill, brine or mysis.

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