Labidochromis vellicans from Lake Malawi

Labidochromis vellicans

Labidochromis vellicans. Photo by Ad Konings

When we think of Labidochromis, the species that comes to mind is Labidochromis caeruleus, the yellow lab. However, the genus Labidochromis is made up of many species including Labidochromis vellicans. Most of the other Labidochromis species with the exception of sp. “Hongi” or “perlmutt” are rarely seen in the hobby. L. vellicans can be found from time to time, usually from other hobbyists.

Sporting a yellow face with a blue body Labidochromis vellicans is an attractive fish. Growing to almost 3 inches it isn’t very large. It can be found in the southern part of Lake Malawi feeding on algae and small invertebrates. Unlike L. caeruleus, L. vellicans are more solitary and are usually only seen in pairs or small groups. A quality flake or pellet made up of vegetable matter and some protein is recommended. To discuss L. vellicans or any other Labidochromis visit the Lake Malawi Species forum.

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