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Labidochromis Yellow: maintenance and reproduction in an aquarium

Hello dear readers. The aquarium fish labidochromis Elow is another member of the cichle family. In nature, hydrobiont is found in Lake Malawi.

They can be found in two different biotopes. Labidochromis Tanganyika can meet you near rocky coastlines, and maybe at a depth of 15-40 meters in the thickets of Vallisneria.

The yellow labidochromis is considered to be the dwarf representative of cichlids. The color of females and males is no different.

But if you look closely, if the male takes a dominant position, you can notice it by a more intense yellow color. In addition, his anal and abdominal fins are painted black, which creates a sharp contrast with the yellow color.

On the dorsal fin there is a yellow rim, which in adult fish passes to the stomach. Also in males between the mouth and eyes, you can see brown spots.

Some aquarists believe that only males have black stripes, but you shouldn’t particularly rely on this statement. If you plan to breed labidochromisov, then here you can meet with some difficulties by definition of subdominant males, since their color is almost no different from the color of females. The abdominal and anal fins in females are yellow.

Unfortunately, in nature, sexually mature females are much smaller than males.

Due to its exceptionally peaceful nature and bright color, Labidochromis Yellow became a very popular aquarium fish. Various skirmishes and injuries resulting from squabbling between males are practically absent. You can even leave a female in one colony, which is breeding offspring, but only if the atmosphere in the aquarium is peaceful.

However, if the number of sexually mature males is greater than that of females, then this may cause a manifestation of aggression within the species.

The water temperature in the tank with labidochromis should be in the range of 24-28 degrees. And its chemical parameters should be the following: pH within 7.6 – 8.6, KN 10-12, and GH from 7 and above. The design of the aquarium should resemble the natural conditions of the fish.

Aqua can be decorated with rocky formations, in which there should be a large number of spawning passages and various shelters. Do not forget to leave enough space in the aquarium for free swimming. Sand, coarse limestone, marble chips and crushed corals can be used as aquarium soil.

From aquarium plants, it is best to use a giant or spiral vallisneria, which will perfectly complement the vegetarian diet of these tsikhlovyh.

Yes, and do not forget about snags, which will grow algae, which yellow labidochromis feed on with pleasure. Since the Labidochromis Yellow is an omnivorous fish, small crustaceans, plants, mollusks, insects and snails may be present in its diet. The mouth of the fish is supplied with small teeth, which they use in the form of tweezers to get food from small cracks in the rocks.

Feed your pets that food in which high concentration of vegetable components. The optimal solution would be a feed with a vegetable base, small live crustaceans, spirulina.

Salad, peas and spinach can be given as plant foods. Unfortunately, labidochromis yellow is prone to bloating, which often leads to death.

If the conditions of detention and the chemical parameters of the water do not correspond to those indicated, then irreversible consequences for the worse can occur in the body of the fish. Do not feed tsikhlovyh bloodworms or tubers.

For breeding labidochromisov from the aquarist will need a large and spacious aquarium with a volume of 250 liters. One male and 4-6 females are selected for spawning. Labidochromis Yellow is considered an aquarium fish that breeds easily under artificial conditions.

Fish are sold for sale for at least 6 months and their size does not exceed 5-6 centimeters.

The process of spawning is similar to spawning other representatives of Cichlidae. The male is looking for a place for spawning and begins to seduce the females to join him.

After the female spawns eggs in a prepared place, the male immediately fertilizes her. This procedure is repeated several times over the course of an hour.

Then the female collects eggs in her mouth and is removed to a secluded place for her subsequent incubation for 3 weeks. Cichlids are considered caring parents and jealously guard their offspring.

This applies to both fry and caviar itself. Young, mature females first produce few offspring, only up to 10 fry.

Older individuals can produce up to 30-40 fry.

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