Animal Stories - Red Devil Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Red Devil Cichlid

A beautiful but violent fish, the iconic Red Devil makes for one of the most striking show cichlids in the hobby!
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Debra Havig - 2006-04-05
I have had my red devil for about 4mths. He is my baby and is about 5inches long. I put my hand in the tank and he tries to splash me then he comes up and wants me to hold him which i can do. He slides through my fingers from nose to tail. He has such a great personality. best companion pet ever! I can watch them for hours.

jay - 2006-03-29
I have owned a red devil who killed 3 other red devils, a managuese, and 2 large oscars. Interesting enough, he started out black, and as he aged, he turned yellow, then bright orange. He has a large lump on his head. He's very aggressive and snaps at the glass as anyone walks by. Once he figures out that he can't bite you as you pass, he then swims to the top of the tank and splashes you. I call him my "watchdog" because he doesn't allow anyone, including myself to walk by without snapping at them. He has bitten me 3x; drawing blood everytime. (keep your hands out of the tank) once while i was dropping pellets into his tank.

barien - 2006-03-28
I have a red devil and it is mean and vicous it killed every thing i put in their it even killed and oscar i put some gold fish in they were gone in less than 1 minute

derek - 2006-03-23
I bought my midas about 2 months ago one thing to note, these fish grow fast! Twice as fast as other species of cichlid. Very interesting coloration, white with red spots just like a koi. The midas killed every other fish except two african mbuna and a texas cichlid, it also killed another midas i had purchased at the same time about a month after being in the tank together. Can live with other fish as long as they are just as agressive, id suggest an aurotus or one of the varieties of texas cichlids as a tank mate, no convicts they didnt have a chance against this midas.

Nick S. - 2006-03-15
i bought my red devil about a month ago and put him in with 4 oscars ranging from 4 inches to about 7 inches. i have read a lot about them and every source says that they are very aggresive. but my red devil, who is aobut 4 inches long, is very peaceful. he doesnt bother anyone nor is he ever bothered with. there's a kind of tank peace agreement i guess. he a is very colorful fish with lots of personality, but i think he lacks the aggresive gene.

Jonny - 2006-03-13
I have a red devil. its cool but i just got another red devil thats twice its size and this new one i got took out a foot long fish. i forgot the name of it, but my little red devil is showing it who's boss. but i might get rid of the big one becouse the little devil might kill the big one. but i think ill try to get another red devil that my small one will like.

jim - 2006-03-05
I bought a 3 inch red devil and put it in with a 6 inch oscar, a 12 inch algae eater that was about 7 years old , a 6 inch soap dish crab all in a 50 gal tank. after about six months red has killed them all. A large bump came up on his head for about three weeks then one nite it went away. the next morning there was eggs all over. now we have fry everywhere, immaculate conception i guess. Jim

Jamie - 2006-02-21
I have had my Red Devil for almost 4 years now. He is a beautiful bright yellow, and as mean as can be. No fish lasts more than 3 hours with him. Even crayfish can't withstand the rath of "Killa". I am ashamed to say that I have yet to upgrade his tank so he is stuck inside a 20 gallon tank and his water has to be changed every 3 days or it gets very cloudy. He snaps at the glass when I put my finger against it and moves all the rocks to suit his needs. This is by far the best fish I ever owned. I can't wait to provide him with a larger home though.

greenleaf05 - 2006-02-18
YO whats going on everyone. I'm a first time acquarium owner. today while on the phone with a local petco with some acqurium concerns i was told that they had a 6 inch silver barb so i went to get it to see how it does in my acqurium. while there i was watching the cihlids there was a jack dempsey some african and 2 red devils one hiding under a rock after i scared that female red devil out of the rock she chased and bit every cichlid in that tank. the guy working acquatic's told me hell give me 20% of the price if i get that red devil out that tank because it killed alot of cichlids so i bought the 4 inch red devil at first the barb was following the devil around and head budding it. but when i came home tonite i found the barb floating at the top of the water. another goldfish had his head bitten off,and the other gold fish in my tank was still alive with bite marks on him tomorrow he probally as well be gone. BUT I THINK I LOVE MY NEW RED DEVIL.

ANT - 2006-01-24
We bought a pair of red devils two years ago to try and breed. They did everything but lay eggs. So we thought we should see if we could sell them and try again. During that time they seem to be acting strange. I knew they were going to breed but my wife said no they are not. We then had a HUGE problem with their water. I got them out and into a 20lt drum. I didn't know what to do with them so my wife said we have to get rid of them or they will die. She called my sister and ask if she would like them. Anyway my sister has them and they have 100's of fry now, only after 1 month. I knew they were ready to breed. DON'T EVER GIVE YOUR FISH AWAY..