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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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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Wayne from Herndon - 2010-05-18
I first heard about Red Devils from my sister that has two, she also had two Blood Parrots, two Angels, two Jack Dempseys and two Pleco's they are all over two years old and get along fine in her 55 gallon tank. So about five months ago I bought a 150 gallon tank and added first two Parrrots, then two Dempseys, then two Devils, then two more Parrots, then four Pleco's and another Dempsey was given to me. The only problem I have had to date is that my Devils did kill three of the Pleco's within a week, but the other fish seem to hold their own with each other fight yea kill no, not so far. I simply love Cichlids, Red Devils and Parrots are my favorite's.

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Joshua Deselles - 2010-04-20
I've had my red devil for about 1 month and he was really small, and a convict fully grown male and my red devil got beat up pretty bad by him but now he is a lot better and bigger about 4 inches and he tries to fight the convict sometimes, they are in a ten gallon tank but tomorrow i'll get a 55 gallon tank my red is the coolest

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  • Michael Avalaz - 2010-05-10
    Your Red devil is going to grow fast and kill your convict. They do not like to share the tank with anyone. They live up to their name.
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night-rida - 2010-04-17
I've had my Mr. Red Devil for over 12years (1998) he is huge and apprx 15" long. Has wounded many bigger (albino/tigers) oscars over the years that had to be removed. So he's a loner but very personable. Comes to me like a man's best friend. May need to donate him to a public aquarium as he is to big for this 55g. Great fish! Here is a picture, enjoy.

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  • Linda Graham - 2010-04-25
    I have been looking for a large Male red devil Cichlid as a mate for mine. My female is large and laying eggs. She needs a partner. I will pay for the shipping if you are willing to ship him. Where are you located. Thanks Linda Graham Millard, MS (South)
  • Anonymous - 2010-04-28
    Dude nice fish I just ordered one my other one died cuz of my dad.
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Graham - 2010-04-06
How old do red devil cichlid babies have to be before you can separate them from their parents?

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Andy - 2009-10-14
I got a pair of jack Demps first, and then a year later I bought a pair of red devils. The main jack is king of the tank! They all get along. I just bought a pair of convicts and in the year has past I bred all of them!... is that diffient!

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  • ayisha steele - 2010-02-23
    I have a male red devil and 2 jack demps. We have to put a divider in the tank to keep the red devil from killing the 2 demps! They are all really big, but do not get along! The red devil hits the glass full force if anyone touches the tank. Right now he has a big red bruise on his lips from hitting the glass so hard.He's vicious alright!
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