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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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....................

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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?
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Curtis Williams - 2010-09-13
Hello I became a cichlid lover about a year ago... my cousin introduced me to them.. right now I have a jack dempsey and a red devil.. I don't know the sexes but they are ok together. They are both big in size and my tank is very huge.. I don't know the exact size because I had it made for me.. but rest assure it is huge.. they did kill my algae eater (lasting a few days..) I want a few more fish but I am not sure what to put in the tank.. can anyone help?

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Andrew Melbourne Australia - 2010-09-05
I have had my female red devil for about two years now. Initially I tried some tank mates including Dempseys, Convicts, Salvini etc, but all were either killed or tormented to removal. She now lives alone in a 250 litre (about 60 gallons) tank and is very personable and will follow me the length of the tank when I pass through. Great fish.

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  • sarah - 2010-09-10
    I have a red devil not sure if it's male or female I had a convict living in the same tank for 2 years until one night my red devil backed the convict into a corner and snapped its back it lived for another 2 months this way it was terrible.
    I love my fish although it looks so lonely all the time.
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alisa roberts - 2010-08-26
what does it mean when a red devil puts his mouth to the glass forcefully when I stand in front of the tank

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-27
    It means he/she likes you and maybe wants some of that great food you've been feeding him!
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RICH HOLIDAY - 2009-02-05
I have a large tank. I am having serious problems. I have a mix of fish; Tiger Scat holds his own, Managuense the toughest, bothers no one unless messed with, a Synodontis, Jack Dempsey, and Red Devil. All about six inches, and all get brutally beaten by a Kenyi Cichlid male, about five inches. Has turned yellow with very faded vertical black stripes. I cannot put any other fish in the tank as he will kill them, no matter how big, in the first night. His brother was killed by the Jack Dempsey about six months ago, that he now beats to a pulp. I really like him a lot as he is beautiful. I know that Demsey's are weak for the most part unless breeding. What gives with the Red Devil though. Should I turn them in and get different species to stand up for themselves. I will not get rid of the Kenyi, but I will trade in the Dempsey and Red Devil if need be. The scat is not aggressive but will always face off with the Kenyi. If he faces off, he stops messing with them, as the Synodontis does as well. If you want to run through as the Dempsey and Devil do, he will chase them for hours, nipping them and tiring them til he can kill them as he does with any fish I introduce to the tank. I have changed tank setting, moved everything, and even replaced them with different things. ANY SUGGESTIONS, THANKS.

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  • Linda - 2010-04-25
    Hence the name red Devil. The red devil is not at all a community fish. I don't know about the other one but mine live alone unless breeding. Really you are allowing the other fish to be tortured and it needs to stop! Do something quick or that red devil will be the last one standing. Literally, that's the way they want it.
  • sheraz - 2010-06-16
    Turn in your kenyi because your red devil and all the others are actually quite young compared to your kenyi because yours is full grown now that's why they are not fighting back so if I was you I would turn in the kenyi. Good luck! :)
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dre - 2009-04-28
I just got the Red Devil like 2 months ago and he is constantly moving his mouth. But I am wondering because I also have an Albino Oscar Cichlid and a Jack dempsey and they both do it too. I was wondering if that's a problem or is that just a change in behavior, please respond back soon.

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  • Eric Meyer - 2010-05-25
    Usually when they are moving their mouth's it mean's that have been eating something and still have not finished it their back jaws are still chewing on whatever it is maybe another fish /food who know's keep your eye open.
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