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Labidochromis caeruleus is a very popular Malawi cichlid which is known in the hobby for many decades. Especially the yellow kind is well-known. However, there are some variations in colour intensity. There are also white types, as well as light yellow, or yellow and white. The yellow one is the most wanted in stores. In the past I also had this type in my aquarium in the livingroom. In august 2008 we moved them from the living room to our breeding tanks. In stead of the "yellow" I placed this "white" variant in my tank.

This species doesn't become very large. The male in my aquarium is not yet full-grown, at this moment - february 2010 - hes about 8 cm, the females are a little smaller, about 6 to 7 cm. The males have black chest fins, these fins are more white on females.

Labidochromis caeruleus is a peaceful cichlid, it only gest a bit more agressive in mating-season. As soon as spawning is over, he leaves the female alone and he doesn't really seem to care what other fish are doing.

They will eat almost everything however it is also an "mbuna", they feed mainly on spirulina or shrimp-peas mix.


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