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!
Latest Animal Stories
misfitt - 2009-05-03
I've had fish my whole life, but this is new. I just got two 3 inch red devils and two 3 inch texas cichlids. Well the devils don't get along with eah other and the tex don't get along with each other. My smaller devil and larger tex seem to have paired off and vise versa. I think it's kinda cool. A friend had a devil and a convict that paired off and bred so it'll be interesting to see what happens with the 2 devil tex pairs I have.

Cleveland - 2009-03-30
My red devils are smaller than my oscars and way smaller than my silver dollars; however, they are bigger than my jack demps. I see my red devils and jacks sometimes exchanging food or whatever it is, mouth too mouth. I find that entertaining and funny, to me. They are so cool! They are aggressive, yet they have a kind side to them too.

Kevin Hoffman - 2009-03-25
I began with four red devils and the most aggressive one has finally killed the others off. I bought an oscar who was even larger than the red devil and I thought he would defend himself. He was killed off in just 24 hours! This is a beautiful fish but one of the most aggresive ones I've ever had.

helga;-]devil - 2009-03-25
My red devil lives with 2 oscars, 3 gourami +3 silver dollar. Yes he`s boss, but he`s nothing like the PSYCHO SERIAL KILLER type that everyone claims is 'the norm'. Am I the only person in the world with a peaceful friendly devil? Such a shame because he`s easily the smartest, funniest, and most amazing fish I've had.

brandon - 2009-03-07
I have had a red devil for about 4 months now and I kept it in with pink convicts, black convicts, jack dempseys, and an oscar. It killed one of my biggest pink convicts and he's going aggresively at every other fish.

Kevin Hoffman - 2009-03-04
I started out with four red devils and now I'm down to just two. Although they were all healthy eaters, one seemed to grow much faster than the others and he killed two of them off. An ick infestation calmed him down somewhat but now that he's healthy again he's absolutely brutal towards his only remaining tankmate. If this continues he'll have the whole tank to himself before long. The weaker fish hides among floating plants at the surface. I knew this might happen as I have had similar situations with other large Ciclids.

riley - 2009-02-21
My friend keeps his with a black convict and a jack dempsey and a red oscar. They are the ones it usually doesn't chase.

Kevin Hoffman - 2009-02-21
I recently purchased four red devils (two males and two females). For some reason one of the fish is more timid than the others and he is taking a real beating. He has marks all over him from where the largest fish has attacked him. If this continues I think I might lose him. I added a Pictus Catfish to their tank and he turned up dead in just one week! I have had large Oscars in the past and they never bothered the bottom dwelling catfish so I thought this one would be safe. Wrong! But these are very smart fish. Since I am the only one who feeds them they come to the front of the tank as soon as I approach. I am hoping two of them will pair off and breed. There are large piles of gravel from where they have been digging. I just wish the scardy-cat fish would get some nerve and fight back to the bully who keeps tormenting him!

Mark Huffman - 2009-02-20
To answer your question about additional tank mates for the red devils Jaime, I have a 55 gallon tank with two rather large red devils and several south american convicts. I find that if you keep cichlids of the same region in a tank together they get along fine. Make sure the convicts have caves, rocks, stumps, and plants to hide in and around. I recently transfered the red devils and the convicts along with a pleco from a 20 gallon to the 55 gallon. I've had the convicts for over two years and the red devils for almost a year with no problems. The convicts have had several broods and the convicts will defend their terroritory against the much larger red devils, but without injuring them. Hope this helps a bit. Good luck.

Jaime - 2009-02-16
My mother recently became a proud parent of a Red Devil. She got the idea from my niece, which is her grandaughter, who has a much older and of course much larger size Red Devil. This fish is absolutely amazing. Within a week Mandy has already moved a good size pile of rocks to clear a circle about 10 or 11 inches in circumference. The only problem we have is determining the sex. She believes it's a female, for what reason I don't know. I viewed a couple of pictures of a male and a female, but being a beginner I cannot tell the difference. Maybe someone can explain the difference or has more pictures. Also, Mandy (I sure hope it's a girl) is occupying a rather small 20 gallon tank. She intends on getting a larger tank soon. She's also aftaid of putting any other type of fish in the tank with her. Any recommendations, preferaby by experience, would be much appreciated. Thank you, alone and wondering...