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Electric Yellows are the most popular African cichlid we have here in Australia. The Electric Yellow is considered to be one of the most placid African cichlids, however they are still known to be territorial. They will show aggression towards fish of similar body shape and color. Not recommended for a peaceful tank. Coburg Aquarium's Live Cichlid Fish and Aquarium Products shipped Australia Wide.


Features of Electric Yellow:

  • They are very hardy by nature. So, caring for them in your tank is amazingly easy
  • Bright yellow colors and black dorsal fin, the male fish are larger than the females
  • The male fish tend to get more colorful during their breeding time and develop a slight bluish color
  • Electric Yellow's average lifespan is about 6-10 years


Electric Yellow Cichlid : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Electric Yellow Cichlid:

They should be kept in the largest possible tank, with a recommended size of about 150L. Tank size can vary greatly depending on how big or small the fish is and how many you plan to stock in the tank. The bigger tank is better for the health of your fish.

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Electric Yellow Cichlid Tank Mate Compatibility:

Electric yellow cichlids possess a peaceful character. They are not as aggressive as the other cichlids found in Lake Malawi. You can either keep electric yellow cichlid alone or as a pair. It is also better to keep them away from other predatory fish. Some compatible tank mates that you can add along:

  • Peacock cichlids
  • Blue Dolphin Cichlids
  • Zebra Cichlids
  • Rusty Cichlids

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Electric Yellow Cichlid Food :

Electric yellow cichlids are not picky about their food, you can easily provide them food like OSI Cichlid Flakes, Fish Fuel Frozen Cichlid Food, Hikari Cichlid Pellet. Also, do not forget to offer them a protein-rich diet like brine shrimps, bloodworms or dried blackworms. Remember, half of their diet must contain meaty foods.

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Electric Yellow Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

To keep the water movement in the tank moderate enough, you should also make sure to include a good filtration system to keep the water clean. And for doing so, you can equip with very strong and efficient filtration. Make sure the filter matches with your tank size. 

Here are some great ones to consider:

Plants in Cichild Fish Tank

Aquatic Plants are beneficial in helping to maintain good water quality and adding enrichment to a fish’s diet. Prefers some dense planting with some floating plants and open swimming areas.

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Aquarium Decorations

Also, make sure you are adding proper hiding spaces in the tank, as these species are too shy. Ideal Ornaments for your tank:

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Fairly dim lighting is recommended. Click the link here and choose the right light for your tank.


Sand or gravel mix. To maintain alkalinity in the water, you can add crushed corals to the substrate.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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