Yellow Lab Cichlid

Yellow Lab Cichlid

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Tank Level:


Minimum Tank Size:

100 Gallons




7.2 - 8.8

General water hardness:

10 - 18 dH


73 F to 82 F (23 C to 27 C)



The Blue Dolphin cichlid (Cyrtocara moorii) is an African cichlid from Lake Malawi. It is characterized by its large adult size, bright blue coloration, and large head "hump" that it grows when mature. This listing is for juvenile unsexed specimens, approximately 2.5" long.

This African cichlid species is a suitable beginner African cichlid, due to its hardy nature; however, there are a few important aspects that do not necessarily make it a good pet for everyone. 

African cichlids are generally very aggressive, and should only be kept with other African cichlids. Blue Dolphin cichlids are a larger, but more docile species of African cichlid; it is best kept with species from Lake Malawi. They do well with larger synodontis catfish species.

Because these fish can reach 10 inches in length, they will require an aquarium that can hold at least 100 gallons of water. While males can be territorial towards one another, these cichlids do very well in breeding trios/quads, with one male and multiple females.

They prefer water temperatures between 72-83 degrees Fahrenheit. These fish prefer alkaline water (pH of 7.2-8.8). This is most easily achieved by using a crushed coral substrate. Water parameters should be checked regularly; poor water quality will quickly stress the fish. They will tolerate some decor, and do like hiding places due to their somewhat timid nature, but do not crowd the aquarium.

These fish are primarily carnivores and should be fed a diet heavy in meat and insects. We recommend alternating between processed foods, such as carnivore pellets, and fresh or frozen foods such as shrimp, bloodworms, earthworms, crickets, and beef heart.


Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.

(Photo credit "iFish")