Facts about the Electric Yellow Cichlid
Aquariums are beautifully colored stress relievers; captivating containers that hold brilliant yellow cichlid among other fish that delight and hold their admirers in awe as they conduct a graceful dance within its confines. Even those who are just beginning to dabble in the wonders of aquarium life will find this fish to be a valuable addition for many reasons.
The cichlid is normally considered to be a highly aggressive fish that would not be appropriate for aquarium habitation with other species of fish. There is one variety, however, that is a peaceful cousin called the Labidochomis caeruleus, or the Electric Yellow Cichlid. Its natural habitat is in Africa and, in contrast to most other cichlids, this one is a rock dweller. This type of living has earned it the name of “mbuna” (pronounce boo-nuh). They inhabit fresh water in Lake Malawi, and appreciate the same warm temperatures of mid 70’s when kept in aquariums.
When starting an aquarium, it is best to determine the effect you wish for the conversation piece to have in your home. Many people add an aquarium to their home not only for its beauty but also for the peaceful environment it embodies. Studies show that the mere presence of an aquarium in the home serves to decrease stress and promotes a more balanced sense of peace to those living in the home. Additional benefits are the lowering of blood pressure, calming sensations and an increase in emotional health. The same effects are felt with most any pet; however, fish are among the least demanding of pets in that they require only to be fed and to be provided with a clean environment.
When soothing serenity is desired in addition to the beauty of an aquarium, the last thing you would want to do is to include aggressive behavior. Certain aquarium fish, while very intriguing and beautiful to behold, are known for their attacks on lesser fish. This type of behavior not only decreases the number of fish in the aquarium, but also represents wasted dollars spent on costly tropical fish. Although a species of fish may initially attract your attention because of their bold and striking colors, keep in mind that they may not be the best choice as stress relievers for you or the other inhabitants of the aquarium.
Choosing the electric yellow cichlid for your aquarium will bring an element of bright and brilliant coloration to the home. This type of fish will have the best success when kept in multiples; a brood of at least four to six fish provides an ideal atmosphere. Replicating their natural habitat will create the greatest potential for an effective environment. Rocky caves built within the aquarium will enable the fish to escape to their hidey holes when desired; even manufactured ceramic hollows and tunnels give them the privacy they crave. The water temperature should be kept between 72-78° to emulate their natural environment, and should be slightly alkaline with a pH of around 7.5.
If lucky, your lovely yellow fish will have the inclination to breed. This phenomenon will be a sight to behold, as they are mouth breeders. The dorsal fin on all cichlids is black; however, the male will feature more dark coloration than the female so it will be easy to include both sexes to encourage breeding. Don’t be concerned if during the incubation period the female refuses to eat; this is normal and she will resume feeding after the fry are on their own. Their food will include most commercial fish flakes, pellets or live food.
To reduce stress and potential health hazards such as high blood pressure, consider adding an aquarium to your home filled with the brilliantly colored electric yellow cichlid. Your well being will thank you.