The White Labidochromis, or White Lab, is often mistakenly called an albino fish. They are, however, a color variant of the Yellow Lab. Their distinctive coloring depends on the lighting conditions.
Under intense light, the color washes out thoroughly, leading to what some consider the albino effect. In dimmer light, however, it’s clear that there is a subtle yellow and blue under the dorsal fins. In addition, the black fin edges further dash the illusion that this fish is colorless.
It’s an exciting addition to the aquarium because observers may see bars on the body under the correct lighting.
Like the Yellow Lab, they are native to Lake Malawi and come from the western shore near Nkhata Bay. Most fish in the shops today are, however, bred in captivity.
They can be relatively territorial and also very aggressive during mating season. To keep the peace, females should outnumber the males significantly, giving each male plenty of options during spawning time.
This breed is relatively aggressive but will coexist with some other species peacefully under the right conditions. Breeders often recommend overcrowding the tank to quell aggression. This strategy makes it difficult for the White Lab to choose one target to bully.
Mbuna are a good tank mate, especially in large quantities. Other options include:
White Tail Acei
White Labidochromis subsists on plants and insects in its natural environment. Aquarium owners can keep their fish healthy by using a combination of spirulina flakes, blanched greens, and the occasional live or frozen spinach.
The fish thrive on a low protein diet with vegetable matter from various sources.
Are White Labidochromis aggressive?
Yes, the species can be aggressive if understocked. A community of at least 20 fish that grew up together is likely to be peaceful. When mixing and matching the fish, however, it’s essential to consider the individual characteristics of each species. Aulonocara, for example, may bring out an unusual amount of aggression in a White Labidochromis.
Ensuring that the White Lab stays in a large community is the best defense against hostility.
How big do White Labidochromis usually get?
They tend to grow to a maximum length of 5 inches in captivity over their ten-year lifespan. The males tend to be a little bigger than the females. The males also have more substantial black markings on their dorsal fins than the females do.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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