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Direwolf013 - 2007-05-16
What can I say.. I fell in love with JD's the minute I layed eyes on them. I bought one as my first fish, before I knew anything about them. He was in a 10 gallon tank, (he was only about 2" at the time) but then i realized how big he would get. I traded him in on some African cichlids but everyday afterwards, I missed him. So when I moved, I traded in my africans and went back to the JD tank. I must have watched them for an hour before I picked my pair. I watched every little movement that they made and who interacted with who. I finally made my choice and i couldn't be happier. they swim side by side all the time and you barely see them on opposite sides of the tank. They are my Net buddies. My tank is right next to my Compy, and they love to stare at me while i'm on the Web. Plus they are digging their nest right next to me also. I'm hoping for some fry soon. But then I'll have to convince the wife to get another tank to raise them.... :)

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Sal - 2007-05-16
I too had a Red Devil (30cm). What an amazing fish. For regular aquarium owners, the red devil is as close as you can come to having an actual interactive pet eg: dog, cat, bird. My Red Devil was named Memnoch, after the devil in The Anne Rice book of the same name. And he was. The only two other creatures to survive any amount of time in the tank was a yabbie (just as nasty, use to hang off his gills and take a ride around the tank - really FAST) an a convict fish called Jock (who hid most of the time). He ate everything else. Including two oscars that I had just naively put in the tank, right in front of me. He knew when my husband was sitting near the tank and would splash him. He would kiss the tank wall at me and bite it at my husband and the dog. I could feed him by hand. He knew when you arrived home and usually sent out a bucket of water onto the carpet. He would move all the gravel to one side of the tank, just after you cleaned. He was an ass. I adored him. Unfortunately one night when we were in the middle of a move, the filter died and we had a massive nitrate bloom. We lost him. You rocked memnoch. What a top fish.

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jason newman - 2007-05-08
i just bought one and it sems great. its color is as red as my red devil.

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Anonymous - 2007-05-05
What a mess of humans! My Pinky Red Devil female was a stalker. I bought her for $2.27. She shared 2 years with us, but grew to a whopping porker of 3 pounds, 14 " long, and 7 inches tall. yup for real. I purchased her in 2005 and had no idea she was a she! We could feed her by hand and she waited for the family to return each day. Her appetite was enormous. We fed her raw chicken breast, fat, and thighs. she ate normal fish food too. Pinky was a superstar! One day, the tank had a blossom.........Nitrates. I did check each week. It happens. Our family pulled her out into a fresh water sink after a night of sideways listing. We cried and lambasted each other on our method of revival. She was doomed! Her delicate gills could not sustain the wash under the faucet to cleanse the bateria amd nitrates, Pinky sat in our palms as we washed her and submerserd her into clean water. She laid in our palms until she passed. After three hours of palpating and bathing, our family failed to revive her. She rests in the pet cemetary with our families other family pets.

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Lisa Ann - 2007-04-29
I have a red devil named "Dozer" he is now 16 years old and this is a tribute to him. He lives in a 55 gallon tank alone as he chose this for lack of wanting any live friends in his tank. He is with out a doubt one of the most fantastic loved pets that has ever owned me. He is sort of like having your very own pet dolphin. He lets me drop food in his mouth, he plays with floating toys, he communicates, and knows his name. He is probably in his last year, and when he is no longer swimming we will miss him more than he will know. Thank you Dozer for being part of my life all these years, and entertaining us and all our friends and family, you could never be replaced!

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Af L - 2007-04-21
i bought 1 angel fish along with a few other community fish in January, some of which were pairs. My angel fish was about 2 1/2 inches when i decided to by 2 more to make her happy. even though the new ones are about 1 inch long, they seem to be getting along very well and living peacefully.

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MITCHELL C. - 2007-04-13
I have a red devil cichlid and he is a very large nasty fish. His name is Stryker. He hates me and everyone with a beating heart. His area is the whole tank and my entire bedroom. I have had friends come in to my room and they would freak out because Stryker would go nuts! He would ram the glas and flip his 4-pound cave over like we humans pick up a feather. After that happened, my friends would not want to go back in my room, that happened like a year ago. He is 8" long and about 5" tall. I have had him for a year or so. He is in a 55 gallon tank with two pleco's half his size and for some reason they are still alive. I have gotten bitten a whole lot of times and he got me to bleed pretty good all those times. I would tell anyone who has a 46 gallon or bigger tank to get this fish because these fish are cool, and very pretty fish with wonderful colors. Oh yea: If you keep your hands out of the Red Devil's tank then you are safe unless he or she jumps out of the tank.

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Maddog Matott - 2007-04-03
I purchased Tex at 1-1/2" about 2-1/2 years ago. He has killed or seriously maimed all tankmates. I originally purchased him in a lot of three. Then after he killing his original companions, I introduced another pair about his size, same result. He's taken out two plecos and a pictus. He's ravaged two native sunfishes that were twice his size at the time. He is now almost 7" long and a loner, a wonderful pet who is genuinely excited to see me when I arise or return from work (perhaps it is because meal worms fall from the sky when I am around). He's to the point where when I add 20-25 small minnows, he finishes them off overnight.

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Anonymous - 2007-03-23
I have a young yellow Labidochromis in a 10 gallon with rockwork and pots. S/he already reconizes me after only 2 weeks. S/he will be moved to a 29 gallon tank in around 6-8 months. the fish lived happily with 3 tiger barbs in the 10 gallon for several weeks but the barbs are sick so they were separated. Overall smart, hardy , personal, and cute cichlid. Also stay small so can be housed in 29 gallon tanks!

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shree - 2007-03-17
Breeding a kribensis fish is very easy compared to other ones. have 50 young babies of kribensis fishes and feeding the adults with earth worms and live worms mike them breed faster. I suggest this fish for the beginners who are craz in breeding.

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