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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carl wilkinson - 2011-10-20
Hi I want to find out how to find out if I have I have a rare red devil?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-20
    You should be able to tell from the photo in the above article or am I missing something in the question? They are beautiful - very agresssive and usually alone because of the agression. They grow to about 15 inches and are gorgeous on their own in an aquarium.
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Geno - 2011-09-23
How do you know when your red devil is about to die? Mines is around 10-13 years old its been laying on its side and having less energy for the past couple weeks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-23
    Life expectancy is around 12 years for these little guys. So yours has had a very happy, helathy life. However, nothing can know when there is an expiration date so I hope he gets better and hangs in. Just feed him the best and enjoy Hope he perks up. You can also double check the tank conditions just to make sure all is OK.
  • Jean - 2011-09-29
    My 15+ year old red devil 'Pinky' does that and turns reddish when she wants a water change. It's been very helpful!
luke cater - 2010-09-23
Hi I'm a new fish collector and I was wondering how long can a devil survive without a heater?

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  • josh - 2010-11-19
    Not very long in good health. Don't even try it.
  • Pamela - 2011-02-15
    Red Devils are warm water fish, the only way I can think of to explain them is they are freshwater tropical fish and must have a heater, they must be kept in water that is 72 degrees sometimes even a little bit warmer or they will die.
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-06
    They don't need one because I had mine for 14 years with out a heater and it did just fine.
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-09
    Pretty blunt to say they dont need a heater, do you live in a warm area? If thats the case the temp in your tank was probably 72 or better.... i advise on a heater...
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-10
    You need a heater...they will get an infection if they're left in the cold....I forgot what the infection is named...but it only comes on when the temperature is below 72f-----
Timothy - 2008-12-10
Hi I'm Timothy and just wanted to clarify an isssue with my Red Devils. Both the male and female recently paired off and the female lay her eggs on the inside of a ceramic tunnel. I was hoping to see them hatch this morning however when I checked inside the tunnel this morning the eggs were all gone. Is it possible that the male or female is holding the eggs in his/her mouth? I know this would be unusual as I have successfully bred Red Devils before and they seem to take care of the spawn after they are hatched.

I'm guessing the only other reason is that one of the other Red Devils in the tank besides the male or female has eaten the eggs.

Let me know what your best explanation for the eggs dissapearing. Thanks!

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  • Shelby - 2011-01-05
    They might have moved them somewhere. I have had several fish move the babies once they hatch. Usually to some hole they dug.
  • Anonymous - 2011-02-17
    They might have eaten their eggs my red devil ate all of their eggs.
alex - 2011-01-22
Had a white/red devil, got him/her at about 20 cm, and when I came home from work to find him/her had died, it was about about 35-40cm long. Couple of q's...
1- there were no signs of disease or sickness pre-death, could it just have been an age issue? The tank was well cared for.
2- called it "dozer" due to its destructive nature. I know they're called devils, but is it normal for them to follow you across the tank? It's like it was hunting me as I walked past! It would even try to attack my hand on occasions when I tried to re-level the gravel, or remove the plane and rocks to clean them. I know they're meant to be aggressive, but is that normal?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    I do not know why your fish died. Red devils can live up to 12 years and reach approximately 38 inches in length if cared for properly. They are also very "owner conscious" and will definitely recognize you and follow you around while you are near their tank.
Flor - 2010-12-23
I have a red devil "Red" about 20cm long, not too sure what sex, I have had him since June, and got him for entertainment and company for my red claw crustacean "Sean" which was given to me from my neighbor when he caught him crossing the road in April. Last week I bought another red devil "Devil" as I thought Red needed some company. The first hour was quite horrific, Red smashed Devil and we had to separate them. I went and got a divider the next day and the next morning Devil was on the other side with Red and Sean. A couple of days later we took the wall down and they seem to all be getting on AOK. Sean doesn't say much. Our biggest dilema at the moment is trying to work out what sex they are as they both look very similar to each other....................

sean stein/tom wilson - 2010-12-05
My father and I have had our red devil (female) 15 years (no joke) she is in a 55g. tank with plecos and other cichlids if they are taken care of and shown attention they can be great pets. After so many years of showing her attention and affection you can reach into her tank and stroke her fins, her head, she even swims around your hand in circles rubbing her sides against your hands these fish are the best and so beautiful.

Donavan Ghering - 2010-11-14
I used to have a Red Devil Cichlid, then I gave it away. Then a few weeks later, it laid eggs, then, THEY HATCHED! The cichlid created eggs, then some how they hatched! Can a Female Red Devil Cichlid change its sex?

rodney cook - 2010-10-20
I had a Red devil about a 1 year ago and he was extremely aggressive he nearly killed my jaguar cichlid so had to take him back he was about 6'' inches and a beast!

Eric Meyer - 2010-05-25
i own a red devil and a midas which have been breeding like crazy every 3 weeks , however my devil and midas are the king/queen of my tank they rule everything i had a 12 inch pacu and he used to try to eat my midas till i had got the devil now theres a new boss in their town and he's running things his way << proud owner to say i love my devil, most ppl dont want them cause they get big but sometimes bigger is better to control your tank aggression

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  • luke - 2010-09-24
    Well I am new to the fish world and I just got a devil and it has eaten one of my gold fish do you know what to do?