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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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...

riley - 2009-02-11
Hey, my friend got a red devil about 2-3 inches. I have to admit they are rather beautiful fish. I keep a jack dempsey, a texas, and the wimp of my tank, a gold severum cichlid. lol

SHOTZYYY - 2009-01-31
I recently got back into being an aquarist and put an add in Craiglist for a nice 29 gallon tank. I just wanted a community tank. Well I got a nice tank with a great price but I had to take the fish that was in the tank, and that fish was a Red Devil. So I agreed to take him because my sister use to have one 30 yrs ago and I remembered it had a wonderful personality. I have had the tank and this crazy fish for two weeks now and I absolutely adore him. He's a great wet pet and he's still a juvenile but already developing his nice hump. I forget the name, noc... something or other. Anyway, I feel sad to those that recently lost their wet pets after so many years. I am sure it did leave a void in your life because they do require attention. And again I am sorry to hear it... Wish me luck on my new Devil. I imagine he will get a new 50 gallon by summer and I will keep the 29 and make it a community tank after all! Thanks for listening... If anybody want to be a pen pal to talk about red devils I would love to hear from you. SHOTZYYY1954@AOL.COM, SHOTZYYY IN MICHIGAN

Triple J - 2009-01-30
I have a Red Devil named Sunshine. He is about 12 years old now, and just in the last couple of months, he has developed "pop-eye". It is very sad to see him go this way, but I've tried everything to bring him back to health. He's been a great fish with lots of personality and is really familiar with all the normal routines, tank cleaning, and even netting! He is blind in one eye now, but I haven't given up. He now has a little friend to chum arround with. A 2 inch Frontosa keeps him lively, but not aggressive. Better that seeing him lying on the bottom, leaning his body against the glass. I'm so sad about it.

stephaun - 2008-08-06
I am a 12 year old fish breeder. I have a 75 gallon show tank. I have a female red devil that is eight inches long and a 13 inch male flowerhorn. They get along great they are working on there first set of eggs. I love the red devil because they are a unique and cool fish.

Leah - 2008-07-17
The average life span of a red devil is 12 years, and they and will eat everything in the tank. So long as you keep the water clean, 25% changes weekly, they live a long and happy life. Plus they are great companions. Like a dog almost. Great personalities and definately adopt the owner. I have to pet mine when I change the tank water or he gets angry and pops me!