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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Barb - 2012-09-27
Our Red Devil, Spot is 8 yrs old and was very healthy until lately. We moved to Florida in March and Spot was adopted by our son. He is in a 55 gallon tank and within the last few months he has had first ick, that was cleared up and then got a fungus. A month later he got a fungus again which was cleared up and now he has ick. My son thinks he misses us and that is why he is sickly. What could be the problem? A pet store told my son the life span of a Red Devil is 6 to 8 yrs and he is nearing his life span. I don't agree with this.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-27
    Keeping any fish 8 years is a great job.  These fish have been known to live for around 12 years.  Your son could be right if the fish's daily routine has changed and has caused it some stress.  Cichlids seem to really recognize their owners.
ulven - 2012-02-22
I am getting a 10 gallon tank with a 6 inch Red Devil in it. (I know, that is so sad). Will it attack my Pleco? They will be living together in a 55 gallon long, possibly with 2 Red Tailed Sharks, too.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-26
    They could do fine. The Red Devil and the pleco inhabit different areas of the tank and have different feeding habits, so those things help reduce competition. The Red-tailed Sharks however, do inhabit the same area as the Red Devil, and I would be concerned for them. If they are in the tank already, and the tank is large with plenty of decor for territory and hiding places, they may be accepted. But it is still a risk.
daniela - 2011-11-06
My last Red lived 14+ years until I moved to Riverview FL, I lost him now I have a new one..... NEMO. Less than2" but she or he is cool! Yeah. One thing about red devils they keep your attention, they are nice or they are mean, it depends on how much time you spend. So if you decide on a Red be careful because they have their own mind.

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  • wee2 - 2011-12-26
    So curious when they will grow a lumphead as my red devils are 8moths old at 15 cm already but still no lumphead.
Debra - 2011-11-06
I have just set up a 55 gal tank, I would like to have 2 red devils so one won't be lonely. Would they have enough room to be happy?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-06
    In general, Red Devils can be fairly aggressive fish and there are no guarantees that two would get along. They can reach 15 inches in length when full-grown and a 55 gallon aquarium would probably not be suitable for two full-grown ones. If you do decide to try to keep two together, I would keep a close eye on them to make sure one doesn't end up bullying and/or killing the other, and keep in mind that as they get larger you may want to obtain a larger aquarium.
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  • Debra - 2011-11-08
    Thank You! I would like to keep a red devil but I would think it would be loney buy its self..What would you suggest for 2 good size fish for a 55 gal ?
  • bill - 2011-12-20
    No red devils are very aggressive, how do you think they got their name? And they have no desire for company , ESPECIALLY other red devils to keep two together you would need something along the lines of a 300 gallon and even then there would probably be some aggression. And if you mean by good size fish a 12-14 inch fish then no only one SLOW moving fish of that size could fit in that tank.
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Patsi - 2011-12-13
I have a red devil that's almost a year old and a red eared slider that is 3 years old. They both need tank upgrades. I now have a 92 gallon tank and am wondering if I can put them in together?

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.