View Full Version : Herichthys Labridens Yellow "Media Luna"

06-07-2012, 08:13 PM
Is there anyone here presently keeping these or have had them? Do you have experiences and photo’s to share? Thanks!

06-09-2012, 12:20 PM
No one around here has ever kept these?

06-09-2012, 07:10 PM
I kept them. Ken would get a batch in every once in a while. But at least as of last year I think I was the only one that was able to keep a pair alive and healthy for over a year. I have to say I went through way too many until I figured out how to keep them from bloating/stressing out. These are fish you need to very careful on what/how much you feed them. And at least when they are less than 4 inches don't mix them with other types of fish. (Mine always were wimps.) The only food I found that they didn't bloat on me was HBH Super Soft Spirulina. I would also suggest not getting them at ~1/4 inch and save your money to get them at ~2 inches at least. By now they have to be much more common but I don't know how well the Yellow keeps up for the F2 etc. (I am still in the process of getting my place setup correctly before I get fish again.)

As for pictures, I never was able to get good ones for mine before I moved.

06-09-2012, 07:20 PM
And FYI I talked to a lot of people about them because I had so many problems trying to keep them alive... Sadly people like Mo seemed to have some other magic touch since they never had the bloating problems. That said I did end up buffering my Atlanta water a lot more than I normally would, and as I said said just get some Super Soft Spirulina food (the real stuff, not the cheap fake stuff...)

You might want to talk to Dave, he might have found an even better Spirulina based food by now.

06-09-2012, 09:16 PM

Thanks for the reply and info! I had someone give me a 3 to 3.5 inch young pair and they seem to be doing quite well so far. I have them in an 80 gallon tank with just a few other fish. They graze quite a bit in the gravel and seem to be great snail hunters. I have some MTS in there and they seem to be doing a number on them.

I like them so well I wanted to get some more but can’t find them anywhere on the net for sale. When you want them you can’t find them and I’m sure when you get them to breed you’ll have so many you can’t get rid of them.

07-14-2012, 12:52 AM
I took some pictures but they don’t show how yellow this fish really is. He is almost canary yellow and awesome in person to see!








07-15-2012, 08:58 PM
Looks like you might have fry soon.

07-18-2012, 09:26 PM
I mentioned before the camera doesn’t show how yellow these are but there both lighting up now. It looks like breeding activity and there only around 3 to 3.5 inches total length.




07-28-2012, 10:27 PM
They are definantly in breeding dress, cross your fingers on fry soon, and you have the real fish, lot of hybrids out there with carpintis. Ken

07-31-2012, 08:40 PM
They are definantly in breeding dress, cross your fingers on fry soon, and you have the real fish, lot of hybrids out there with carpintis. Ken

Thanks Ken!

I noticed eggs in a flower pot today and there keeping all the other fish to the other side of the aquarium. This is a pretty crowded tank with one large Aequidens Goldsaum about 8 or 9 inches and there chasing him and the Yellow Labridens are only around 3.5 inches. LOL! I won’t hold my breath but will try to make room and move them when they hatch.